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June 23, 2011

"Alien 2010" — Giant Pacific octopus mother watches her 50,000 eggs hatch

The digiphile caption for the video above: "A giant Pacific octopus mother who lived just across from downtown Seattle had her hatch right under the noses of local divers. Her den was sequestered in Cove Two in West Seattle, in a location that spared her from predators and over-visitation by humans. On September 4 — aka early, early on September 5, 2010 — the eggs began hatching. It's a time of mixed emotion; joy at the hatch, and sadness at the knowledge that this event means the mother's life will end. The hatch lasted a full week, after which the mother died. Spoiler alert: Best footage comes starting at 3:24."

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