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Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea

17 octopuses on the sea floor.

Octopuses--17 of them--congregate on the deep-sea Dorado Outcrop; 16 are in brooding posture.

Credit: Phil Torres and Geoff Wheat


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An octopus in the genus Muusoctopus travels along a section of the Dorado Outcrop.

An octopus in the genus Muusoctopus travels along a section of sea floor.

Credit: Phil Torres and Geoff Wheat


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An octopus on a submersible.

A Muusoctopus lands on the submersible Alvin's manipulator arm.

Credit: Samuel Hulme


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Two shrimp on a section of sea floor occupied by octopuses.

Two shrimp investigate a section of the outcrop that's occupied by brooding octopuses.

Credit: Anne Hartwell


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Three octopus arms emerge from a hole in the basalt rock of the sea floor.

Three octopus arms emerge from a hole in the basalt rock of the Dorado Outcrop.

Credit: Anne Hartwell


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An octopus on the sea floor.

Two other octopus species were also observed on the Dorado Outcrop, including this brown one.

Credit: Jason Virtual Van image number 14217 (cruise AT26-09)


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