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The Dumbo Octopus

Marine Life MandyZ COMMENTS 21 Jan, 2024
  • Grimpoteuthis known as the dumbo octopuses. The name "dumbo" originates from their resemblance to the title character of Disney's 1941 film Dumbo, having two prominent ear-like fins which extend from the mantle above each eye.
  • There are 17 species recognized. The average life span of various Grimpoteuthis species is 3 to 5 years.
  • They are a type of umbrella octopus this means that they have webs of skin connecting their tentacles.
  • It is what gives the octopus its round bell shape. Their soft and jelly-like structure helps them manage the high pressures of their deep ocean habitats.
  • Many squid and octopus species can engage in jet propulsion—the process of expelling water at high velocities to mediate movement.
  • Dumbo octopuses use their fins and arms to steer themselves around.
  • The iron in human blood is what makes our blood appear red when exposed to open air. Dumbo octopus blood is blue in colour because of its high copper content.
  • Copper is a more efficient at circulating oxygen through the body when temperatures are very low.


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