WARNING – I’m not a videographer, this is handheld video with a handheld dive light! While my 3-year old grandson won’t care, you may wish to take some Dramamine before watching!
My camera vacuum safety seal alerted me to a potential leak, so I just took the GoPro for the day until I can attend to the camera. I didn't have anything but my dive light, but I made it work for the most part. I wanted to show my grandson the octopus mom and her eggs if they were visible… and I got lucky! I was also able to guide a stand of octo-eggs back to mom. Not sure how they detached and ended up in front of the den? I certainly hope it was an act of nature and not some idiot wielding a camera into the den doing damage! I know once they start hatching she will "blow" them out of the den. Regardless, I felt it best to try and get them back into the den where they would be protected by their mom for a bit longer until they began to hatch. So few babies make it, I wanted to try to keep the odds a little higher. I suspect the hatching will be fairly soon as octomom was looking rather ghostly.
Here’s to octomom and relentless dedication to her babies!
Pamela Treischel is a SCUBA diving enthusiast, underwater photography hobbyist and Ambassador for the Inland Ocean Coalition.