This dumbo octopus is cute!

Don’t think an octopus can be cute? Here’s one that is.

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!

Find out more from NOAA

Eleanor Imster