The larger Pacific striped octopus does mating, motherhood and hunting like nobody else
The larger Pacific striped octopus hunts shrimp using a strategy worthy of a schoolyard prank. And that’s not the only oddity about the species. It’s only the second octopus known with females that prolong motherhood, instead of dying after weeks of all-out coddling a single brood.
But what everyone wants to talk about, researchers who study the species have found, is beak-to-beak mating.