A squid that cares for its young:
But a team of ocean scientists exploring the inky depths of the Monterey Canyon off California has discovered that at least one squid species cares for its young with loving attention, the mother cradling the eggs in her arms for months, waving her tentacles to bathe the eggs in fresh seawater. The scientists suspect that other species are doting parents, too, and that misperceptions about squid behavior have arisen because the deep is so poorly explored.
“Our finding is unexpected because this behavior differs from the reproductive habits of all other known squid species,” the scientists wrote in the Dec. 15 issue of Nature. “We expect it to be found in other squids.”