She told Science Friday that she’s looking for a name for the octopus, which lives in the deep sea at depths of up to 1,476 feet, to help differentiate it from other species of the cephalopod.
“As someone that’s describing the species you get to pick what the specific name is,” Bush explained. “One of the thoughts I had was making it Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis — because they’re really cute.”
It has a gelatinous body that’s about seven inches in diameter that it spreads wide to “parachute” through stretches of dimly lit water. Its eight legs are joined together by a large web that resembles an umbrella. The cute little guy shares similarities with dumbo octopuses and other similar animals that inspired the pink octopus character “Pearl” in the film “Finding Nemo.”
It would be hard to imagine discovering another new creature better fitted for the name Adorabilis, don’t you think?
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