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A rare 'Dumbo' octopus has been spotted during a deep-sea dive in the Pacific Ocean

A rare Dumbo octopus
A rare Dumbo octopus

An extraordinary "Dumbo" octopus, resembling the beloved Disney character, has been observed in the north Pacific Ocean. This remarkable cephalopod, known as the "cutest octopus," boasts distinctive ear-like fins, resembling those of 'Dumbo the Elephant.' It resides at extreme depths of up to 7,000 meters.

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The octopus was captured during an EVNautilus live stream expedition in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. The deep-sea camera, installed on a remotely-operated Ocean Exploration Trust vehicle, recorded this rare find. The video, shared on YouTube by Nautilus Live Ocean Exploration Trust, showcases the cephalopod swimming at a depth of 2,665 meters. This fascinating discovery contributes to understanding species distribution patterns and geology in the region, as part of a mission to explore the depths of the ocean.

The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is the largest marine protected area in the United States. While the "Dumbo" octopus was last seen in 2020 at a depth of 2.5 kilometers, it has been known to dwell as deep as 7 kilometers below the ocean floor. In another recent discovery, marine biologists identified an ancient vampire-like squid that roamed Earth's oceans around 165 million years ago using modern imaging techniques to analyze previously found fossils.

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By: Vibha Kapoor