Hail Hydra

Baby octopus birth makes Internet happy

Never seen an octopus hatching? You’re about to, thanks to video shared by the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center last Wednesday. The ten-second footage of aย baby Caribbean Reef octopus emerging from its egg has been viewed over 600,000 times, reports the Washington Post.

Viaย Alice Shortcake and Rachel B.

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15 thoughts on “Hail Hydra

  1. allein ๐Ÿพ February 11, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    It’s like a little octopus flower! Neat how he immediately changes color.

    Also, just because:

    • Maia February 11, 2018 / 4:09 pm

      I thought the same things, Allein! I wonder how it senses the need to activate its color cells? Temperature? water currents? Looking at the background instead of its fellow octopi? And thanks for sharing the image- Hail Hydrant, indeed! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JenDeyan February 12, 2018 / 1:11 am

      Love that pic!

  2. 6rabbits February 11, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    Ack! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
    I want to see them ALL hatch! ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™
    Why only 10 seconds? I protest, Virginia Aquarium!

    • Murray C February 11, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      Me, too! Aren’t they gorgeous?

  3. Gigi the cat lady February 11, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    So cute! The thing I donโ€™t understand is why in many movies and books the evil organizationโ€™s symbol is an octopus ๐Ÿ™. There is nothing evil about these incredible creatures.

    • Blue Footed Booby February 12, 2018 / 8:13 am

      There’s also an NRO secret project with this patch:

      The critters look alien to be sinister to the different-therefore-scary crowd (racists)

  4. Circe February 11, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    The cutest thing about that is the tiny fish observer. He inspects the egg closely, like he knows something’s about to happen. Then after almost getting run over by the baby octopus, looks after it like “What the…?!”

    • fkaWaldenPond February 11, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      I saw that too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • JenDeyan February 12, 2018 / 1:12 am

      I completely missed that! I’m so unobservant. Little fishie got his hat.

      • Alice Shortcake February 12, 2018 / 5:59 am

        Could it be a shrimp? If so, I suspect that it’s thinking something like “Ooh, a baby octopus! Wait…octopus…don’t they eat shr —-” *gets the hell out*

  5. Ilonka February 11, 2018 / 10:08 pm


    • fkaWaldenPond February 11, 2018 / 10:18 pm

      ๐Ÿ˜€ I think we are both increasing the views to 1.49… but at the beginning I think a sibling zipped by before this one emerged.

      • allein ๐Ÿพ February 11, 2018 / 10:23 pm

        Yes, an octobaby definitely zooms across at the beginning.

        • JenDeyan February 12, 2018 / 1:13 am

          I didn’t notice that either! I’m glad I have you guys around to point out all the neat stuff my brain overlooks. ^_^

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