What the freak is that ear umbrella?

Behold! The mighty dumbo octopus!

Named for its fins that look like Dumbo the elephant’s ears, this group lives in the ocean depths below 13,000 feet, making it the deepest living of all known octopuses.

Oh. Hello there.

I know what you’re thinking. “Wow! That’s deep!” You’re absolutely right. If you scuba’d down there, you’d get eaten before coming close to imploding from the pressure. I’m not threatening you, I’m just stating facts.

Comin through.
NOAA Photo Library

These ear-umbrellas slowly propel themselves through the water using their dumbo fins, and their arms to steer. They don’t have ink sacs because they rarely run into large predators. Their only worries in life are quite literally eat, sleep, procreate. 

Is it too late to sign up for life as a dumbo octopus?

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