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Nicky Parrish
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Octopus Mating
Didn’t know this about octopus

The male dies soon after mating, but the female has to live on to lay the eggs, which aren't ready immediately. Death comes because the octopus has used up all of his body's energy in growing, then in mating


Damn the bad luck


Arksulli
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Fayetteville
Member since Aug 2014
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re: Octopus Mating
One deep dwelling octopus was observed guarding her eggs for 4 and a half years. Which is amazing since most species of Octopus only live 1 or 2 years.


PrivatePublic
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Member since Nov 2012
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re: Octopus Mating
Doesn't matter, had sex?


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bkPoseidon
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Member since Jan 2019
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re: Octopus Mating
The female does soon after laying the eggs.


Hogwarts
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Member since Sep 2015
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re: Octopus Mating
I believe bees do the same thing if I'm not mistaken.


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jumbo
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Kentucker
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Cincinnati, KY
Member since Apr 2013
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re: Octopus Mating
The octopus is one of the most intelligent creatures on earth. The octopus brain is spread around its body in a unique fashion, extending even into its arms. Imagine if they lived as long as humans.


Nicky Parrish
Member since Apr 2016
4610 posts

re: Octopus Mating
quote:

The octopus is one of the most intelligent creatures on earth. The octopus brain is spread around its body in a unique fashion, extending even into its arms. Imagine if they lived as long as humans.

They seem almost alien.
Fascinating creatures.


Kentucker
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Member since Apr 2013
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re: Octopus Mating
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They seem almost alien.


They may be a type of intelligent life we can expect to find on alien worlds, especially water worlds. Theirs is a unique variation of evolution’s seeming inevitable progression to big-brained creatures.

Their are lots of examples of big-brained and intelligent vertebrates. Primates, dogs and wolves, dolphins and elephants are intelligent mammals. Some birds, though not necessarily big-brained, are exceedingly intelligent, too.

Octopi are the only big-brained invertebrates. They are an example of convergent evolution of the brain. Our common ancestor with them goes almost back to LUCA, the last universal common ancestor of everything.

They show us that big brains don’t have to be centrally located. They also illustrate to us that large brains can be an evolutionary expression for many different types of species.

We shouldn’t expect our first contact with an alien species to be with something that looks similar to us. It may more closely resemble an octopus.


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