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Post by Dragon Fri Oct 02, 2020 5:14 am

Grimpoteuthis is a genus of pelagic umbrella octopuses known as the dumbo octopuses. 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.

Dumbo octopuses are among the deepest living octopuses known. In 2020, Grimpoteuthis was spotted ~ 7000m deep down in the Java Trench.

The Grimpoteuthis does not have an ink sac and therefore, they change colors and size due to their chromatophore cells that helps them protect themselves from predators.

Some color changes can be red, white, pink, brown, or they become an invisible color so that they can blend in with the ocean floor

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One of the highlights of the dive, a dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis) uses his ear-like fins to slowly swim away – this coiled leg body posture has never been observed before in this species.

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Rare Dumbo Octopus Shows Off for Deep-sea Submersible

The rarely observed, ghostly white cephalopod delights scientists remotely exploring an underwater volcano.


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