Unusual octopus with ears managed to be photographed by the crew of the Nautilus vessel, after which the video was published on the YouTube channel of researchers.
Dumbo octopus belongs to the genus grimpoteuthis, which lives at a depth of 100-5000 meters and prefers to be closer to the bottom of the ocean. The processes on the head, which are more similar to the ears, are actually fins. As a rule, representatives of this species reach sizes up to 20-30 cm, although some individuals grow to 1.8 meters. Dumbo size - 60 cm, which is considered large for its appearance. The octopus lived at a depth of 3.2 km in the area of the underwater volcano Davidson in the National Marine Reserve of Monterey.
The Grimpoteuthis octopus lived at a depth of 3.2 km in the area of the underwater volcano Davidson in the National Marine Reserve of Monterey. The head of the research group believes that the findings of the “ghostly” octopuses will be useful not only to scientists, but also to experts studying the behavior of marine life.
Source | Nautiluslive