This is what I found on NYPost.com:
An odd-looking “Dumbo” octopus was found rolling in the deep.
The cephalopod, which sports fins above its eyes that look like ears, was spotted on the seabed of the Java Trench, 21,000 feet below the surface — more than a mile deeper than previous recordings.
Dr Alan Jamieson, who pioneered the “lander” that took the photos, told the BBC the significant finding shows octopi can find potentially suitable habitats on almost any seabed, but it will “have to do something clever inside their cells. … It will need some smart biochemistry to make sure it retains that sphere. All the adaptations you need to live at pressure are at the cellular level.”
Unlike most octopuses, the dumbo octopus doesn’t have an ink sac because it rarely encounters predators in the deep sea. It uses its ear-like fins to propel through the water and steers using its webbed arms! Learn more: https://t.co/4Sc8QlCgYk pic.twitter.com/5jRwOjFzo8
— Oceana (@oceana) May 29, 2020
— IFLScience (@IFLScience) May 29, 2020
The observations of dumbo octopus in the Java Trench came from lander experiments deployed during the "Five Deeps" expedition of billionaire Victor Vescovo – more info in this piece by @BBCAmos:https://t.co/shqqreyNc5
— Jon Copley (@expeditionlog) May 29, 2020
Another Dumbo octopus:
Dumbo octopus 🐙
The cutest sea creature you will ever see 😍😍😍pic.twitter.com/B0Lpd2xr9a
— Avinash 🇮🇳 (@awakenedavi) May 26, 2020
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