DEEP DARK: Dumbo Octopus ("Nardo")
Size: Up to 12 inches
The Dumbo octopus looks a lot like Walt Disney’s flying elephant Dumbo and uses its “ears” to fly. The “ears” are really fins.
A little flap of skin adds the finishing touch that makes the Dumbo octopus one of the sea’s cutest creatures with their “tongue” hanging out.
The Dumbo octopus lives deeper than any other octopus (13,000 feet!).
Video (Source: Smithsonian Institution)
This excellent video shows a Dumbo Octopus swimming.
Original concept sketch for “Nardo”