In 2015, we pondered the very important question of whether a chubby little unidentified Exploration Vessel Nautilus.. This week, we have a new contender for the throne, a dumbo octopus spotted by the crew of the
The expedition posted a video of the Grimpoteuthis octopus, a type of umbrella octopus, complete with gushing commentary from the crew watching it on screen.
The creatures get their nickname from a pair of rounded fins that resemble the ears on Disney's famous flying elephant. The dumbo octopus is a rare sight. Scientists shared the earlier this year.
The footage alone is stunning, but the commentary elevates the video to an extreme level of delight. There's a lot of oohing and aahing. "You're going to be famous," one of the scientists says, knowing how the internet loves unusual sea creatures.
The dumbo wasn't the only eye-opening sight from the expedition. The ship's remotely operated vehicle discovered a massive hangout of deep-sea octopuses, the species Muusoctopus robustus, at the seamount.
"Never before seen in such massive aggregations, females were brooding eggs near shimmering fluid seeps -- previously unknown to occur in this region!" the Nautilus team said in a tweet.
The Nautilus is a a project funded by the nonprofit Ocean Exploration Trust and has been an excellent source for fascinating and fun sea creature videos, including views of a in September and a from July.
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