Dumbo Octopus

Grimpoteuthis  (Door Amélie Onzon (Illustration personnelle) [GFDL undefined CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

It isn’t hard to guess after who the dumbo octopus is named after. He is named after his ear like fins, just like in the Disney film Dumbo where a little elephant is named after his enormous ears, with which he could fly!

Dumbo octopus is a Bentic deep sea creature, which lives on great depths, around 300 and 400 meters below surface. Dumbo octopus belongs to the genus of Grimpoteuthis, a genus which consists out of fourteen other similiar species. There is not known a lot about the Dumbo octopus and more research needs to be done. Dumbo octopus moves by using his ear like fins and arms. The reproduction happens by laying eggs and apparently the dumbo octopus hasn’t a special breeding season and it  feeds itself with little sea creatures like shrimps and worms.


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