NOAA Research Vessel Captures Rare Footage of Dumbo Octopus

We’re sure you’re all familiar with the Disney movie Dumbo and how his amazing ears allowed him to fly.

But have you ever seen the Grimpoteuthis “Dumbo” octopus? This deep sea creature is a genus of pelagic umbrella octopus and probably one of the cutest on the planet.

So far, 18 species have been discovered around the world, including Oregon, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and Monterey Bay, California, at depths of 1,300 to 15,000 feet.

In some very rare footage recently captured by the NOAA research vessel Okeanos Explorer, you’ll see how it uses its fins above its lateral eyes, which look like ears, to swim the depths of the ocean.

NOAA documented the incredible footage during a dive in the Gulf of Mexico on April 26, 2014.

The federal agency posted this on their Facebook page:

ridiculously adorable and ultimately fascinating ‘Dumbo’ octopus found in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to NOAA, the octopus coiled its tentacles in a way that has never been documented before. We wonder if it would be capable of escaping a sealed jar.

What do you think about this creature? Cute or freaky?

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