Her den was sequestered in Cove Two in West Seattle, in a location that spared her from predators and over-visitation by humans.
On September 4 (aka early, early on September 5), 2010, the eggs began hatching.
It's a time of mixed emotion; joy at the hatch, and sadness at the knowledge that this event means the mother's life will end.
The hatch lasted a full week, after which the mother died.
In case you needed any reminder of the awe-inspiring wonders in nature, this video will do just that.
We don't know how we missed this incredible footage from last year, but we weren't the only ones, and it's definitely worth posting no matter how old.
YouTube user Seainggreen documents the hatchings of a giant Pacific octopus, which can lay up to 100,000 eggs, according to Wikipedia.
Sit back, and prepare to be blown away by mother nature -- jump to 3:24 if you want to get right to it.
- YouTube : Giant Pacific octopus (Discovery)