Rarely seen deep-sea octopus ‘shows off’ for the camera

Rarely seen deep-sea octopus ‘shows off’ for the camera

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Rarely seen deep-sea octopus ‘shows off’ for the camera

Scientists exploring deep-water habitat off Central California this week encountered a rarely seen type of dumbo, or umbrella octopus that seemed to be performing for the ROV’s camera.

“Gosh, he’s posing,” one of the scientists says as the streamlined mollusk, with its ghostly white mantle, begins to unfurl its webbed arms in a flowing and somewhat exotic display.

“Yeah, he’s a show-off,” another scientist chimes in.

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At times the ear-like fins above each eye – hence, the name “Dumbo,” in reference to the flying elephant in Disney’s 1941 animated film of the same name – are visible on the illuminated critter.

The octopus is part of the genus Grimpoteuthis, which includes several types of pelagic umbrella octopuses. Most live at depths of 10,000 feet or greater.

The footage was captured at a depth of 12,000 feet by the ROV Hercules as part of the Nautilus Live expedition at the Davidson Seamount, within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Scientists describe the Davidson Seamount as “an oasis in the deep,” featuring vast coral forests and sponge fields, and home to a variety of deep-sea critters.

The expedition will be exploring this region through Oct. 31.

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