Scientists from the Ocean Exploration Trust were excited when their unmanned robotic submersible spotted a rare Dumbo octopus off the Californian shore. Because they live on the ocean floors at depths of 9000 - 13000 feet, the unusual cephalopods are rarely seen. They’re named “Dumbo” after the large ear-like fins on either side of their head.
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Folks on Twitter were also pretty impressed by the crafty sea creature.
They can't live without water, so why did they do it?
Are octopuses so clever because they ignore their genetic programming? Research has shown that octopuses and other cephalopods edit the messages sent from their DNA instead of following them almost exactly like most living things usually do.
First page of the novelisation of The Goonies. On the inside leaf; a teaser bit of text from later in the novel, designed to whet your appetite. A description of an octopus attacking the kids, in a flooded cavern with a pirate ship floating sedately in the background.
The North Pacific Octopus though makes the biggest sacrifice for reproduction. Once in their lifetime, a female octopus carries eggs inside her for five months and then finds a safe hiding place to expel up to 100,000 eggs!
Pick up 10kg of flour from the supermarket. Don't put it down for 12 hours. Whilst carrying it, continue normal tasks, including paying for the rest of your shopping, smiling tightly when strangers poke your flour and ask its gender, travelling home, and unpacking your shopping.