It’s the Dumbo of the deep!

Dumbo Octopus
From The Deep, by Claire Nouvian

Collision Detection posted this link to a French film of deep-sea organisms. I don’t know if it’s the hypnotic French narration, or the freaky organisms, or that fact that I went running five miles in a rainstorm and may have pneumonia, but this is trippy.

The star is the Dumbo octopus, Grimpoteuthis, which has actual flapping Dumbo ears. I now have a favorite cephalopod (for all the times I’ve been asked that question at cocktail parties, which is of course many times indeed). The picture above is from this promo for The Deep, a beautiful book of photography by Claire Nouvian. But it doesn’t do the ear-flapping justice, so check out the video too.

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2 Responses to It’s the Dumbo of the deep!

  1. Pierre Carl├Ęs says:

    Amazing ! “The Deep” goes straight to my book wish-list.

  2. joanna says:

    this is a cool octopus and looks like if it has shoes

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