The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer spotted this dumbo octopus during its Gulf of Mexico 2014 expedition. Many of the scientists and others on the cruise identified it as a highlight of the expedition.
Scientists say it displays a body posture that has never before been observed in a cirrate octopod (Cirrata is one of the two main divisions of octopuses.)
And non-scientists say it displays a cuteness never before observed in an octopus!
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