Video of Cirrate Octopod aka Dumbo Octopus

This octopod is sometimes called a “Dumbo” octopod because its fins resemble the ears of Disney’s Dumbo the elephant. The video was recorded in 2003 on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge by the Russian manned submersible MIR 2. More about deep ocean exploration can be found in our Deep Ocean Exploration featured story. Note: this video contains no audio. 

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This specimen superficially resembles a Vampyroteuthis infernalis, maybe without the photophors. I would like to learn something on its taxonomy...

Submitted by The Ocean Portal Team on

Hi there,

This is a dumbo octopus from the genus Grimpoteuthis. You can learn more about it on the Encyclopedia of Life ( We'll try to upload some more information about it soon.

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