A Dumbo octopus

June 17, 2023 • 2:19 pm

There are 17 species in the genus Grimpoteuthis, or “Dumbo octopus”, and you can see where the name comes from in the short video below. It was just posted a few days ago (this species is in the deep ocean), and here are the YouTube notes:

Our Corps of Exploration spotted this absolutely adorable pale orange dumbo octopus surrounded by marine snow around 1,400 meters deep while diving on the summit of “Guyot 10” in the waters of the Pacific Remote Islands. Don’t let its Disney-like appearance fool you; these octopuses (Grimpoteuthis spp) are actually predators! They propel themselves through the water using those famous ear-shaped fins to find food, then gobble their prey up whole, feasting on a plethora of deep sea critters such as copepods, isopods, bristle worms, and amphipods. Learn more about this expedition funded by NOAA Ocean Exploration via the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute: https://nautiluslive.org/cruise/na149

And from Wikipedia:

The name “dumbo” originates from their resemblance to the title character of Disney‘s 1941 film Dumbo, having a prominent ear-like fin which extends from the mantle above each eye. There are 17 species recognized in the genus. Prey include crustaceansbivalves, worms and copepods. The average life span of various Grimpoteuthis species is 3 to 5 years.

Here’s a shot of Dumbo (who could fly with his ears) from the original movie, and I’ve put the trailer below it”

From IMDb

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6 thoughts on “A Dumbo octopus

  1. I love this random cool animal video series!

    Now, PCC(E) knows I’m adding this trivia note, so there’s no hidden meaning or criticism or anything here, certainly nothing except trivia :

    “Dumbo” is the name everyone in the movie calls the baby elephant because he looks funny. But the baby elephant’s name is Jumbo Junior, because his dad was Jumbo.

    So next time anyone plays Jeopardy!, maybe that’ll be a $100 answer, maybe.

  2. I can’t get any idea of its size from the video. Wikipedia is no help. but Nat Geo says they are 8 inches long. So what are the little really white objects swimming all around, frequently changing direction and so suggesting they are not just floating?

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