Dumbo octopus

Down on the abyssal plain, every dive can still produce complete surprises. One of the extraordinary creatures discovered down here in recent years is an octopus about the size of a beach ball which has been nicknamed 'Dumbo' for its similarity to the Disney character. Flaps of skin between its tentacles together with its large, flapping 'ears' allow it to hover effortlessly above the sea bed as it searches for food. (Courtesy of WHOI)

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