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This Ghostly Dumbo Octopus Was Caught on Camera Flapping Its 'Ears'

This cephalopod was spotted 11,000 feet below the surface.


Halloween is the best time to celebrate a rare, ghostly white dumbo octopus swimming around in the dark depths of the ocean.

The E/V Nautilus research vessel was lucky enough to spot a dumbo octopus in the deep sea earlier this month. Then they posted the video to the internet for us all to enjoy.

These cephalopods are named for their fins, which look like Dumbo the elephant's ears.

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See? Uncanny.

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Australia's ABC News reported that there are more than a dozen species of dumbo octopuses, and they're not considered particularly rare. However, it is rare to spot them — if only because they live so far down in the sea.

According to LiveScience, dumbo octopuses live way below 9,000 feet. In fact, the last time the E/V Nautilus spotted one and put the footage on YouTube was four years ago.

That little guy just sat on the seafloor looking a bit unsure of the vessel staring at it.

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In contrast, the 2018 dumbo octopus was showing off its swimming skills — even unfurling its eight tentacles.

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You can see how they also call this species the umbrella octopus.

The scientists involved in the dive were thrilled with their discovery, with lead researcher Chad King telling ABC News that he's always excited to see these deep-sea species.

"Even though I'm a scientist, we're all kids out here," he said. "[The octopus] elated [everyone] in the control area."

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According to ABC News, this particular dumbo octopus was about 2 feet long and found at nearly 11,000 feet below the surface.

So no wonder the team was so stoked to see life way down there.

Check out the rare footage below:

Ghostly Grimpoteuthis Octopus Glides By ROV Hercules | Nautilus Live www.youtube.com

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