Baby paralarva octopusA baby paralarva (look for the teensy white fella with the black eye) escapes to become a part of the planktonic mass. Without warning, a baby or two would emerge from the safety of their mother’s tight embrace. I could almost see the concern in her eyes as the young octopuses faded quickly into the giant world around them. While twisting to conceal and gain better control, she would expose the eggs -- allowing me a millisecond to photograph her bounty. Octopuses are born with oversized eyes that are disproportionate to their body size. Their large eyes help the paralarvae navigate the stew.