This tiny octopus will probably be turned into many versions of stuffed toys just because it is the cutest sea creature one has ever seen. In fact, it is so adorable that its main feature – loveliness might just contribute to its name – adorabilis.
The newly discovered octopus has got big eyes and one could safely say that it resembles characters from cartoons rather than a real creature.
It has not got a name yet, but Stephanie Bush, the researcher from Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute, in California, whose job is to describe new species said that the thing that crossed her mind was how adorable the tiny octopus was:
“One of the thoughts I had was making it ‘Opisthoteuthis adorabilis’ because they are just—yeah, they’re really cute,” Bush said in an interview with Science on Friday.
Its gene is Opisthoteuthis, but not much else is known about the small animal. It is colored in pink shades, which is a quite common among other sea creatures because they need to stay camouflaged, especially when they dive into the deep waters of the ocean.
Red creatures can always hide better than others in the darkness of the abyss, which makes them less of an easy target for predators which wander through the depth of the ocean looking for food.
It also shares traits with other members of the Opisthoteuthis family, such as the fact that it moves using a trimming of webbing located between its arms and its body is directed by fins that look just like small ears, as they are situated on the top of its head.
They’ll just spread that web and kind of parachute along,” said Stephanie Bush, describing how the octopus moves.
It uses its tentacles feeds on worms and various small crustaceans that are found in the ocean.
The researchers have known and seen this octopus since 1990 but last year it was the first time researchers from Monterey Bay Aquarium Institute collected them and noticed they had tentacles that were different from those of their relatives.
Ever since then, Stephanie Bush, who is a postdoctoral researcher, studied it and now she has the privilege of giving it a name, which hopefully will contain the word adorabilis.
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