18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

Mating in octopuses often begins with a long courtship. The male octopus has a specialized arm with which he transfers his sperm into the female's mantle cavity. The female later attaches the fertilized eggs in a hidden place underneath a rock and nurtures the eggs until they hatch.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Eilat, Israel
Camera: ILCE-7RM3
Copyright: © Tom Shlesinger