What is an “Octopus Garden”?

Remote operated underwater vehicles allow researchers to explore the depths of the ocean. While on an expedition in 2018, scientists discovered several “octopus gardens” are essentially octopus nurseries.

An octopus garden in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Image Source: Nautilus Live

As you can see in the picture above, they are in what is referred to as a “brooding pose” as the protect their eggs. In the picture below you can see some octopus eggs.

Image Source: Ocean Exploration Trust and NOAA ONMS

The purpose of this expedition was to gather data on the area’s oxygen levels and temperature to learn more about these gardens and why they choose this area to brood.

You can watch the video below to see garden upclose in a few shots as well as an overview of the area with tons of Octopus all over it as the scientists explore and gather data.

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