Rare Dumbo Octopus Filmed Swimming In Deep Sea

Mindy Sparks
November 2, 2018

Only a few days after spotting Dumbo, the Hercules ROV came across a massive octopus nesting ground, where more than a thousand deep-sea octopuses huddled in the rocks with their eggs.

"To find something like this in our sanctuary, let alone in the West Coast, is pretty mind blowing", said Chad King, a marine biologist with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and lead scientist for the expedition.

"Even though I'm a scientist, we're all kids out here", he admitted, adding the Dumbo octopus "delighted everyone".

More than 1,000 of the cephalopods were seen last week clustered in a previously unexplored, federally protected area off California's coast, their bodies tucked upside down into nooks with their tentacles inverted and covering clusters of white eggs.

"Oh, it's giving us a show", one person was overheard saying in the footage of the creature.

The Ocean Exploration Trust's E/V Nautilus spotted the Grimpoteuthis gliding by its deep-sea camera in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, in California, on October 23.

According to the Aquarium of the Pacific, the name "Dumbo octopus" refers to about 17 different species, which were given the nickname because their fins resemble the ears of the Disney character Dumbo.


There are 13 known species of Dumbo octopuses, and a lot of them live a depths below 3,000m (9,000 ft).

It is reported that this number of octopuses no one noticed.

These creatures are naturally rare and hardly seen or captured on film as they live in parts of the ocean where humans don't typically explore.

Nautilus' current expedition is scheduled to run through October 31, so they may share more footage of the Dumbo-like octopus.

The translucent, deep sea octopus stunned researchers with it's interesting features.

He also explained why the video was cut short.

"We had to move because of the length of the cable and where the ship was".

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