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This is a screen capture from Hercules’s camera with some sea stars surrounding a Dumbo Octopus. These octopus are named for their Dumbo-like ears on the side of their mantle. These are not ears, though, they are fins which help in steering and direction for the octopus in locomotion. Dumbo octopus are the deepest living octopus. Thanks to the red laser points (10 cm apart) showing in the photo, we can estimate this particular octopus to be about 6 cm wide and 12 cm long.

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Scenes from the Sea: Dumbo Octopus

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