MONTEREY, Calif. - Video from the first dive of a new deep sea submersible off the coast of California revealed a rare scene found two miles below the ocean's surface.
Eight thousand legs are observed, belonging to more than one thousand octopuses gathered between rocks off the coast of Monterey.
Scientists can tell by the way the deep sea octopuses are positioned with their tentacles inverted that they are covering their eggs.
This rare sight has only been reported once before, but at a much smaller scale. About 100 cephalopods were previously seen displaying the same brooding behavior off the coast of Costa Rica.
The Nautilus vessel is exploring an underwater mountain habitat called the Davidson Seamount in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.