Octopuses reproduces once in their life time and then, die. The male octopuses die after mating while the female octopus lays a clutch of eggs afterwards and also dies off after hatching. What causes this? I'm sure these are the questions that pops up your mind right now. And the first question we would look at is;
Why does the male octopus die after mating?
The male octopus has eight contractile arms of of about 9 metres. It now has another modified arm which is called hectocotylus. It's sperm is held in this arm of about 1metre long. The sperm is either inserted into an oviduct of a receptive female octopus or its cut off, given to the female octopus to store in her mantle for later use.
Meanwhile, this little action costs the male octopus's death because it uses up all it's body energy which is stored in this arm and it can't recover from that. This typically answers the questions some lady ask that why do most men sleep off after an affair with their partner. The answer is they needed to regain the lost body energy from the act. The second question is that;
Why does the female octopus die off during or after hatching her eggs?
Picture: A female octopus protecting her eggs.
Picture: The male and female octopuses kissing.
The female octopus dies off after hatching her eggs because of the fact that she doesn't hunt for food during her watch over the eggs before hatching. This is to prevent other creatures from harming it because she only reproduces once in her life time. She even tear off her own skin sometimes to eat the tentacle tip to keep alive till the eggs hatches instead of feeding on small fishes, crabs, clams, snails, and other octopuses.
In addition and conclusion, the octopuses are found in small holes and crevices in solitary and in their own territory. This may explain why they have a unique life plan and could easily watch over their eggs away from falling prey to other creatures. They also live for as little as six months and as long as five years which shows that they have a short life anyway.
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