Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Deep-sea Octopus looks like Disney Character

Most of the time, creatures from the deepest part of the ocean would give us chills because of strange and eerie they look. However, not all of them look that odd. Some actually look pretty cute.

The deep sea Grimpoteuthis octopus looks so innocent and sweet that it was actually given a nickname after a Disney cartoon character, Dumbo. Dumbo octopuses have protruding fins above a pair of huge eyes, which actually make them resemble Dumbo’sears. They propel themselves upward using these ear-like fins and looking like how Dumbo flew in the movie.
They were first seen by the Okeanos Explorer, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel which uses a remotely operated vehicle to dive down into very deep parts of the seas and oceans and even reaching the ocean floor. They captured footage of the octopus in the Mexican Gulf. The NOAA team then shared their discovery with the world through social media.

The footage of the Dumbo octopus is captivating. The specimen floats off in the vast, dark water, showing its natural behavior. One specific detail about the Dumbo octopus discovered in the videos was its different way of coiling its tentacles from otheroctopuses.
Besides the Gulf of Mexico, these octopuses have also been seen in the deep sea areas ofPapua, New Guinea, Oregon, California, Monterey Bay, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. They come in different sizes, a specimen was actually recorded to have been more than six feet long. However they are usually around 8 to 12 inches long.

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