Furthering marine research through the peer efforts of scientists and engineers

July 30, 2014
Octopus brooding eggs in Monterey Canyon
This octopus spent four and one half years brooding her eggs on a ledge near the bottom of Monterey Canyon, about 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) below the ocean surface.

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators. This amazing feat represents an evolutionary balancing act between the benefits to the young octopuses of having plenty of time to develop within their eggs, and their mother’s ability to survive for years with little or no food.

Girl uses magnifying glass to study deep-sea sediment sample at MBARI Open House.
A young visitor gets a close-up look at a cross-section of a deep-sea sediment core during the 2014 MBARI Open House.

July 21, 2014
MBARI News Release:
MBARI Open House draws a crowd

A steady stream of visitors attended the MBARI Open House July 19th to learn about the deep sea and the institute's research and technology. MBARI scientists, engineers, ships crews, and other staff hosted a variety of exhibits and hands-on activities, presented lectures about the institute's work, and showed clips of the deep-sea video collected with cameras on remotely operated vehicles. The free event is held once a year.     Read more

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