NPR Science blogger ROBERT KRULWICH published a story with the amazing title, "8-Legged Mom Has 50,000 Babies: 2-Legged Woman Watches." This no less amazing story was about Laurynn Evans, a Junior High School principal and the video she filmed of giant Pacific octopusses hatching from eggs in Puget Sound.
including a very engaging radio version with Laurynn on FM station KUOW. Laurynn's video is especially noteworthy because it shows a sight seldom seen in its natural setting. Better yet, the video doesn't just use the octopus babies as a short punchline to a story, the viewer actually gets to hang out for minutes at a time with these tiny creatures. People seem to think that puppies are cute, but how can you argue with the cuteness factor of tiny, rounded, jet-propelled babies from inner space sporting 8 legs and 3 hearts?
Of course, Laurynn didn't just stroll down to the beach one day and happen to catch this remarkable sight on videotape. She paid underwater visits to the octo-mom regularly over a period of many months to make sure she was there during the hatching. More of that incredible backstory can be heard in the KUOW audio.