Could third time be the charm?

    Kodiak, Alaska (KINY) Alaska's SeaLife Center is getting its third shot at raising thousands of octopus hatchlings.

    The Peninsula Clarion reported that the goal is to have at least one of the octopus grow into a 50-pound color-changing form.

    The Seattle Aquarium is the only facility known to have accomplished the feet back in 1982.

    The SeaLife Center tried before in 2005 and 2013.  So far the center's octopus, named Gilligan after the popular 1960s TV show, "Gilligan's Island' has raised 100 eggs into hatchlings.  Only about 1 percent of the young survive in the wild.  Success rates are even lower in captivity.

    Octopuses only reproduce at the end of their lives, and after sitting on her eggs for nearly a year, blowing water over them to keep them clean, Gilligan is expected to die in a few months.

    Gilligan is around 30 pounds now, but weighed about 50 pounds when she laid her eggs.

    Male octopuses are able to mate dozens of times within the few end-of-life months they become fertile. The father, Leo, died a few months after impregnating Gilligan in December 2017.

    Gilligan, her eggs, and the hatchlings are on public display in the SeaLife Center's "Octopus Grotto" exhibit.


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