How far would you go to protect your child? Would you starve yourself to death to help them survive? Female octopuses do. On average, an octopus lays between 50,000 and 200,000 eggs while giving birth. To ensure their survival, she'll separate the eggs into groups based upon factors like size, shape and likeliness of survival. She then dedicates the next two months of her life protecting them from predators and ensuring they get enough oxygen by pushing water currents towards the eggs. Because she is so busy keeping them alive, she doesn't have time to feed herself - so she often ends up passing away shortly after they hatch.