The Dumbo Octopus


Parker Holthus, Reviewer

The Dumbo octopus is the deepest-living genius of all known octopuses that live in the ocean that was discovered in 2016 by the use of nondestructive MRI and CT scans.

The Dumbo octopus is a strange-looking, deep-sea creature that is commonly seen and usually lives at a depth of 9,800 to 13,000 feet. They are very small creatures around 8 inches tall and have webbing in between their arms.

The largest species of dumbo octopus varied at a length of 5 feet 10 inches and weighed 13 pounds, but are usually at an average size of 7.9 to 12 inches long. That means that the dumbo octopus can be a very big or small animal. The dumbo octopus is not dangerous and is very peaceful. It moves along with its ear-like fins and uses its webbed arms to steer itself. It also feeds off invertebrates that swim above the sea floor. The name, Dumbo Octopus, is actually not one octopus, but is a group of octopus. It is a group of umbrella octopuses. Their ears are the main creation of their name that look like Dumbo’s ears (of Disney fame). 

There are at least 15 species of dumbo octopuses like the umbrella octopus. It found its name because of its webbed tentacles that when spread out, look like an umbrella.

To conclude, the dumbo octopus is rare and would not recommend for a pet because they not made for a house or as captive animals.