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Well, assuming that the octopus' are simply incapable of reproducing a second time, for whatever reason, wouldn't the creatures that died quickly after reproducion give a distinct advantage to their young due to the lack of competition with fully grown adults? I also wonder what would happen if a parent encountered its own young, would it recognise it? Perhaps they would kill and eat them, unaware that its from their own spawn?

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 15:11:00 UTC | #892308