Watch The Incredible Video of The Rare Dumbo Octopus Captured in The Deep Waters Off Monterey Bay
Scientists in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary were able to catch a rare glimpse of a cute deep-sea creature called a Dumbo octopus this week. They were able to film it far below the ocean’s surface.
10 The octopus was spotted near Davidson Seamount
The animal was swimming two miles below the surface near Davidson Seamount, a dormant underwater volcano. It got its name from its large fins, which look like the ears of Dumbo, the young elephant in the 1941 Disney movie.
9 It was filmed by the unmanned remote vehicle Hercules from the marine research ship Nautilus
The unmanned remote vehicle Hercules, which was on an expedition from the marine research ship Nautilus, spotted the animal. The Ocean Exploration Trust runs the 209-foot ship, a non-profit group started in 2008 by Robert Ballard, who is best known for finding the Titanic in the 1980s. The Ocean Exploration Trust works with scientists from NOAA, which stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
As the researchers moved the remote-operated vehicle, or ROV, toward the octopus, they began to ooh and ahh while marveling at their rare find. One said, “Hey, big fella.” “He’s so cute. The world loves a Dumbo,” said another.
8 These octopuses are also known as umbrella octopuses
Dumbo octopuses, also called umbrella octopuses, live deeper than almost any other species of octopus on Earth. They live in cold waters between 10,000 and 13,000 feet deep; some even go as deep as 23,000 feet. They prey on crabs, lobsters, krill, worms, and other deep-sea animals by ambushing them and swallowing them whole. They swim by flapping their fins, which look like ears, and can move easily in any direction. They can also move along or hover above the sea floor with their eight tentacles.