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To be glad I'm not an octopus?

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AllMimsyWereTheBorogoves Wed 30-Jul-14 20:52:47

Terribly poignant story of maternal love, octopus-style, here. The gist is that some scientists observed an octopus clinging onto a rock deep down in the ocean to protect her 150 developing babies for 53 months solidly and almost certainly didn't eat in that time. (The very thought is giving me the horrors.) They think she would have died shortly after they finally dispersed. Standard behaviour for octopuses, apparently. Puts my three solid years of broken nights in perspective!

Dontgotosleep Wed 30-Jul-14 20:56:18

Wow. Just read that Very interesting. What dedicated mummys octopus's must be.

TheBloodManCometh Wed 30-Jul-14 21:04:19

I heard somewhere that Octopuses eat themselves when they are stressed which seems a bit of an over reaction

TheBloodManCometh Wed 30-Jul-14 21:04:40

Octopuses? Octopi?

PoppyAmex Wed 30-Jul-14 21:05:22

That made me teary.

BeetlebumShesAGun Wed 30-Jul-14 21:16:18

TheBlood grin that made me chuckle!

Revenant Wed 30-Jul-14 21:18:28

Glad i wasn't the only one to read that and think "sod that for a game of soldiers"

OnIlkelyMoorBahtat Wed 30-Jul-14 22:39:26

The story of the octopus is a bit tragic all round, really; they're so intelligent that for purposes of guarding against animal cruelty UK legislation classes them as vertebrates, and yet the longest they can expect to live is about 5 years - some species only live about 6 months. Poor the octopuses!

Canidae Wed 30-Jul-14 22:48:30

She would go down well at a competitive baby group.

'I just bought Priscilla another pony.'

'I clung to a rock for 4 year to keep my 150 babies safe.'


Hobnobissupersweet Wed 30-Jul-14 23:05:33

Comment of the year " "They're exceptionally good mothers,"
Bloody he'll no way would I go without grub for 4 years for my brood ( disclaimer I do love them and they are well fed wink )

Happy36 Wed 30-Jul-14 23:11:43

Wow. I guess octopuses don't have mothers in law or nannies or nursery. Eek!

starkadder Wed 30-Jul-14 23:17:42

Octopodes, BloodMan. Greek, not Latin.

ThisIsBULLSHIT Wed 30-Jul-14 23:23:37

Octopodes is cool. And I felt a pang of motherhoodery when I read that article earlier too.

SqueakySqueak Wed 30-Jul-14 23:25:47

Aww... That's awesome. smile

Almost makes me feel bad for eating octopus sushi.

arethereanyleftatall Wed 30-Jul-14 23:46:57

Lucky they're not humans. Headline shocker 'unmarried woman gives birth to 150 babies and hasn't got job'

CuttedUpPear Wed 30-Jul-14 23:51:04

I bet when they turn teenage she'll wonder why she bothered.

EugenesAxe Wed 30-Jul-14 23:52:27

Canidae and TheBlood as well; made me laugh a lot. I love the idea of placating someone with 'Oh come on, it's not that bad - stop chewing your arm.

IScreamForIceCream Wed 30-Jul-14 23:57:43

How many tickles does it take to de-stress an octopus?

Ten tickles.

SqueakySqueak Thu 31-Jul-14 00:04:34


I don't get it.

EatShitDerek Thu 31-Jul-14 00:06:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SqueakySqueak Thu 31-Jul-14 00:06:18


blush Ok, that took a moment. Ignore me.

SqueakySqueak Thu 31-Jul-14 00:07:03

I'm bad at pun jokes. grin blush

IScreamForIceCream Thu 31-Jul-14 00:12:10


Yeah it is really 'how many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh?'

But I cunningly - and if I may say so, hilariously - adapted it for this thread. It was my DD's best/only joke from the age of about 5-8.

PhaedraIsMyName Thu 31-Jul-14 02:10:23

It's really quite touching. It's like something out of Greek mythology where someone is forced to do something forever like Sisyphus or Prometheus chained to his rock.

Titsalinabumsquash Thu 31-Jul-14 02:13:15

Octopi are fricking terrifying. I have nightmares about them. blush

That Is all.

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