C.C., the giant Pacific octopus who lives at the Vancouver Aquarium, mated and laid eggs nearly eight months ago. During the last week of August 2011, about 300 eggs (sampled periodically since May) hatched.
Dr. Thoney said that opportunities to observe giant Pacific octopus mating are rare. "We've been extremely lucky to witness it several times here at the Vancouver Aquarium," he added. "We hope to learn more as we attempt to raise the newly hatched octopus larvae."
The giant Pacific octopus typically lays around 70,000 eggs on average. Only a few are expected to survive to adulthood in their natural habitat.
Pictured: One of the nearly 300 eggs hatched at the Vancouver Aquarium