Dumbo the … octopus?

Ever heard of a dumbo octopus? I hadn’t until now.

The dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis) gets its name from the fins that resemble the ears of Disney’s Dumbo the flying elephant. It is small, usually only about 8 inches long, but the longest on record measured almost 6 feet. They live on the ocean floor at extreme depths of 9,800 to 13,000 feet.

Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), researchers in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary recently found this little guy in a previously unexplored area some 80 miles off the coast of California. Their conversation reveals that scientists are just as susceptible to cuteness as the rest of us.

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