A new study uses modern genetic sequencing tools to describe several distinct molecular signals produced by the optic gland after a female octopus reproduces. The research also details four separate phases of maternal behavior and links them to these signals, suggesting how the optic gland controls a mother octopus' demise.
Octopuses are the undisputed darlings of the science internet, and for good reason. They're incredibly intelligent problem-solvers and devious escape artists with large, complex nervous systems. They have near-magical abilities to change colors, skin textures and shapes instantaneously, and they can regenerate missing arms at will.
"In 1977, Brandeis University psychologist Jerome Wodinsky... removed the optic gland from female Caribbean two-spot octopuses... Without them, the female octopuses abandoned their eggs, resumed feeding, and some even mated again." Read more at: The grim, final days of a mother octopus
Does this mean he effectively can extend their lives??? By how long??? The mind boggles!!!