Oct 12, 2010

What is this?

What is this strange creature?

So cute right?

The octopuses of the genus Grimpoteuthis are also known as “Dumbo octopuses” 

The name comes from the ear-like fins protruding from the top of their “heads” (actually bodies), resembling the ears of Walt Disney’s flying elephant. 

They are benthic creatures, living at extreme depths, 
and are some of the rarest of the Octopoda species. 

They can flush the transparent layer of their skin at will, 
and are open ocean animals, unlike most octopi.

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