Stunning Rare Dumbo Octopus Spotted Off California Coast
Written by Ariel Kim Adapted by Jaqueline Krueger
There were many surprises this Halloween including the "Death Comet" and the encounter of a rare deep sea creature, the Dumbo Octopus in Monterey Bay California.
The Dumbo Octopus (Grimpoteuthis) has eight legs it uses to swim and crawl along the sea floor. Dumbo Octopus do not use ink as a defense but instead use sharp spines on their tentacles.
Even though the Dumbo caught on tape was white, they can change their color at will. There are many different species of Dumbos with varying shapes and sizes. Dumbos live in the deep sea. That is why this sighting was so rare.
Scientists watched the Dumbo through the submersible Hercules's camera and complemented the incredible Dumbo.
"Oh, my, it's so cute!"
"Yeah, he's a show-off."
"I love me a good cephalopod."
Just days after the discovery of the Dumbo Octopus Hercules found bubble gum pink coral and an octopus nesting ground. With these many sightings in just a few days we wonder what wonders lie just out of the range of sight.