For the first time anywhere, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco has put on public display the Larger Pacific Striped Octopus - an octopus so rare it doesn’t yet have a scientific name.
But that’s the least of the academy’s concerns.
When it comes to mating, this octopus defies conventional behavior because unlike other species, these females don't eat their mates and have been living peacefully in the aquarium together. Not only that, but unlike other octopus species, the females of this breed do not die after laying a clutch of eggs.
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NBC Bay Area’s Bob Redell speaks with Biologist Richard Ross about the eight-armed cephalopod.
The rare octopus, discovered in 1991, is currently on display a the California Academy of Sciences.