‘Ghost octopus’ has heartbreaking parenting strategy

December 20, 2016

Courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016 This little white octopus, dubbed “Casper,” certainly looks cute. And indeed this picture of the creature sitting on a rock ledge more than 4000 meters below the ocean surface off Hawaii earned it lots of likes and shares on social media when a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration submarine robot found it in a singular sighting in March. But Casper’s parenting strategy is not as adorable—in fact, it’s positively heartbreaking. In a study published...

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