Watch: Camera Shy Dumbo Octopus Hides in Tentacles

posted: 08/25/15
by: Danny Clemens
Dumbo octopus hiding
Ocean Exploration Trust via YouTube

A camera mounted aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus recently found its lens focused on an unwilling subject: an adorable dumbo octopus. Situated comfortably on the ocean floor near a jellyfish and a shark, the cute little creature quickly rolls itself into its own tentacles as the vehicle approaches:

There are more than a dozen different species of deep-sea dumbo octopus, which are named for their signature Dumbo-the-elephant-like fins. According to conservation organization Oceana, "Dumbo octopuses move by slowly flapping their ear-like fins, and they use their arms to steer. They are foraging predators and eat pelagic invertebrates that swim above the sea floor."

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The E/V Nautilus is a 64-meter research vessel that travels the world's oceans conducting scientific research. The vessel's travels are frequently live-streamed on nautiluslive.org, giving viewers an unprecedented window to the underwater world. The vessel is currently en route to the Pacific Northwest for its first Canadian expedition, which kicks off on Aug. 26.

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