Hundreds of new babies have arrived at the Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown.
Pearl, a reef octopus, native to the Carribean, laid between one-hundred fifty and two hundred eggs at the center last year. Many of them hatched over the weekend.
It’s the first time this has happened at the center in its twenty year history.
It’s a very rare occurrence in New England, says executive director Mark Hall, because the octopus, which was caught in New England waters, must have bred in the wild.