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Delightful Dumbo Octopus

Dumbo the flying elephant that was created by Disney is a well-known character but it is not a real one. The dumbo octopus is real. It makes its home deep in the ocean in depth of up to 12,100 feet. It belongs to the group that is the deepest living of all octopuses. The dumbo octopus has the ability to live in very cold water and no sunlight. They are rare creatures. They spend a great deal of time suspended about the seafloor but the females lay their egg on the bottom attaching them to rocks or other hard surfaces.

The dumbo octopus moves around by flapping its ear-like fins and using its arms to steer. Their primary predators are diving fish and marine mammals such as sharks, dolphins, and tuna. The dumbo octopus got its name from Disney’s famous elephant due to the fact that it swims making use of its large ear-like fins. It makes me wonder if it was possible to get the dumbo octopus on the surface and out on the beach if it might also fly.

  • Is this not the cutest sea creature you have seen?

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  • Have you ever seen one before?

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