Thousands of octopus larvae born at Big Island farm

Thousands of octopus larvae born at Big Island farm

KEAHOLE, Hawaii (AP) - A researcher looking to successfully rear octopus on land along the Kona Coast has welcomed his first batch of octopus larvae.

West Hawaii Today reports that Jake Conroy, who started the Kanaloa Octopus Farm last summer, announced last week that an octopus at the facility had given birth to 10,000 to 20,000 larvae. He says four other females octopuses are likely pregnant and may gave birth in coming months.

With the larval period expected to last about 30 days, Conroy says his main goal right now is to find sustenance for the youngsters.

Octopuses take less than a year to reach maturity.

Conroy says he hopes to eventually be able to provide octopuses to aquariums and for eating.

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