US Scientists recently came across a rare “Dumbo” octopus in the midst of their exploration of the North Pacific Ocean.
- Dumbo Octopus are known as the deepest living of all octopus species.
- Genus: Grimpoteuthis spp.
- They get their name from their distinctive flapping fins that bear a striking resemblance to the oversized ears of the iconic Disney elephant character.
- There are about 17 species of Dumbo octopus that belong to a group called “umbrella octopus,” because they are able to float with an umbrella-like look to their mantle.
- Distribution: Worldwide in tropical to temperate latitudes
- They live on the seafloor or hover just slightly above it at depths of depths of 3000 to 4000 m (9800 to 13000 ft).
- They are small animals, around 8 inches tall, and have a pair of fins located on their mantle and webbing between their arms.
- The octopuses also have a single line of about 65-68 suckers along each arm.
- Unlike most octopuses, this sea creature doesn’t have ink sacs, which are normally used as a defensive mechanism.