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Newly Discovered Octopus Is So Darn Cute It Could Be Officially Named “Adorable”

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This tiny octopus looks as though it could be a character out of a Pixar movie. With large eyes, tiny flapping fins and a blob-like body, the octopus is too adorable. In fact, this magnificent mollusc is so adorable, it might just be scientifically named so.

“As someone that’s describing the species you get to pick what the specific name is,” Stephanie Bush, a postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, told Science Friday. “One of the thoughts I had was making it Opisthoteuthis adorabilis—because they’re really cute.” Stephanie Bush, you are not wrong there. Check out the video below from Science Friday to find out more about this adorable octopus.

Characteristic of this sweet cephalopod is the webbing between its tentacles. The webbing gives the octopus a balloon-like bounce, allowing it to optimally glide through currents while using its fins to control its direction.

“These animals are part of the greater ocean ecosystem,” Bush said. “And in order to have a healthy functioning ocean ecosystem we need to understand the ecology and behavior of the individual species.”


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