DEEP DARK: Dumbo Octopus ("Nardo")

Size: Up to 12 inches

“Ears”
The Dumbo octopus looks a lot like Walt Disney’s flying elephant Dumbo and uses its “ears” to fly. The “ears” are really fins.

“Tongue”
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.

Depth
The Dumbo octopus lives deeper than any other octopus (13,000 feet!).

 


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MBARI 2003

 

Video (Source: Smithsonian Institution)
This excellent video shows a Dumbo Octopus swimming.

 

 

 

Original concept sketch for “Nardo”

 © 2020, Tom Deaderick

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