It’s nickname is the ‘Dumbo octopus’. And apparently, it lives off the Oregon coast!
It’s scientific name is the ‘Grimpoteuthis Bathynectes octopus’. I’m glad this is not a podcast blog–I’d never be able to say that one!
This creature is part of the incredible sea life that lives thousands of feet below the surface.
And along the Oregon and Washington Coasts, there are ‘thermal vents’ or spots where hot gas or super heated water pushes out of the sea floor and heats up the ocean waters immediately around the location.
These vents create a micro-climate suited for some unique life, including this rare deep sea octopus recorded by the University of Washington (in HD, no less!) and put to music. This critter was spotted at about 6,500 feet / 2,000 meters below the surface.
I really believe the oceans are an unexplored frontier. One we’re only slowly starting to understand. Watch this video and you’ll see the researchers put more information at the very end.