Octopus species exhibits rare social and romantic behaviors

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
Octopus Species Exhibits Rare Social And Romantic Behaviors


Octopuses are mostly loners, and even their mating is typically done from a distance.

One species, however, was seen exhibiting behavior that was not only uncharacteristically social but almost romantic.

Called the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus, the creature is known to occupy the warm waters of the Eastern Pacific.

Scientists studying a group of them learned that when it comes time to procreate, mates actually spend a little time together.

The pair finds a cozy den or shell and cohabitates in it for a couple of days.

During mating, they even touch beaks, which makes it appear like they're kissing.

Another unique characteristic of this species' reproductive process is that the females live long enough to lay several batches of eggs, something other varieties only do once.

See more photos of the odd octopus:

4 PHOTOS
Large Pacific striped octopus
See Gallery
Octopus species exhibits rare social and romantic behaviors
This handout photo provided by Roy L. Caldwell shows a LPSO male A15 canteleve large Pacific striped octopusabout to catch a shrimp. Shifting shapes, sporting mesmerizing eyes, and showing uncanny intelligence, theoctopus already is an oddball of the ocean. Now biologists have re-discovered a species of that sea creature that shares some of our social and mating habits. (Roy L. Caldwell via AP)

This handout photo provided by Roy L. Caldwell shows a small male larger Pacific striped octopus stalking its prey. Shifting shapes, sporting mesmerizing eyes, and showing uncanny intelligence, the octopus already is an oddball of the ocean. Now biologists have re-discovered a species of that sea creature that shares some of our social and mating habits. (Roy L. Caldwell via AP)

of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION



Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners