These newly-born Caribbean pygmy octopi are as small as a pencil eraser

These Caribbean pygmy octopi larvae (adorably known as babies) just recently hatched at the Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. As you can see in the photos, these little cuties are dwarfed by a pencil eraser and a penny. When fully matured, they grow to just the size of a silver dollar.

According to the laboratory staff, the mother octopus came to them just before giving birth. The hatchlings are bron intact and can immediately hunt right after birth (talk about fast learners). Though because of their size, they usually use hide-and-seek as a tactic against predators.

Via io9

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