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Watch ghostly dumbo octopus swim with its massive ‘ears’ in rare new footage


This video footage captured Sept. 13 by an ROV shows a dumbo octopus swimming with its ear-like fins in Hawaii’s deep sea. (Image credit: Ocean Exploration Trust/NOAA/Nautilus Live)

Researchers exploring an underwater mountain in Hawaii’s deep sea recently stumbled across a rare, “ghostly” dumbo octopus — one of the deepest dwelling octopuses on Earth — flapping its large ear-like fins as it swam near the seafloor, a new video reveals. 

The unidentified species of dumbo octopus, from the genus Grimpoteuthis, was spotted Sept. 13 by researchers aboard Ocean Exploration Trust’s (OET) Exploration Vessel “Nautilus.” The team was exploring a seamount in the north of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) — one of the world’s largest marine protected areas — using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at a depth of around 5,500 feet (1,675 meters) when they came across the pale white cephalopod, researchers wrote in a statement

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