Dumbo Octopus in Action

This Cirrate, or finned, octopods (which are also known as “dumbo” octopods because the fins on the sides of their bodies make them look like the flying elephant in the Disney cartoon) can be divided based on their behavior. Some, like this one, spend a lot of time sitting on the bottom but sometimes gets up and swim by a combination of fin flapping and jellyfish-like pulses of the arms and web. 

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