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• When seahorses reproduce the female inserts her eggs into a pouch on the belly of the male, and she's done.

• The male fertilizes the eggs, and the pouch is sealed shut.

• As his pregnancy progresses, the fluid inside the pouch is gradually replaced with salt water, reducing stress on the newborns during labor.

• Within a few weeks the babies are born ready to be on their own, with no further parenting required.



• A female Black Lace Weaver Spider is the first meal of her spiderlings - literally.

• The first (approximately) 100 hatchlings emerge from the sack of eggs and proceed to devour any eggs that haven't hatched yet.

• When they have eaten all of the eggs, hey turn to their mother.

• It used to be believed that the mother was just too weak to escape this "attack" but it would seem that she actually encourages the young spiders into her body to feed of the nutrients she has to allow them to grow.



• A female octopus lays about 100,000 eggs and fastens them to the ceiling of a den.

• Without protection the eggs would be eaten by predators or become diseased, so she stays in the den and guards them.

• She caresses the eggs with her tentacles to ensure that algae don't grow on them. Also she constantly keeps the water moving around them to provide the eggs with enough oxygen.

• It takes the eggs 6 months to develop before they hatch. During all those months the octopus mom cares for them and doesn't leave them for one moment, which means...

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