Fun Fact Friday: One Adorable Octopus

(Photo: MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM RESEARCH INSTITUTE)

Did you know that scientists have recently discovered what they believe to be a new species of octopus, and it’s so cute that they’re seriously considering naming it Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis? It’s true!

This adorable little lady, whose webbed tentacles make it appear almost as if she’s wearing a skirt, also bears a more than passing resemblance to one of the ghosts from the video game Pac Man. Scientists haven’t seemed to settle on the color of the octopus, describing her as pink or orange, so whether she bears a closer resemblance to ghosts Pinky or Clyde will have to be decided later!

Further study is underway to determine for certain whether the tiny sea creature is definitely a new species, but everyone seems to agree that it’s adorable! Scientists have said that she is a type of “flapjack octopus” (think Finding Nemo) that lives in the deep ocean, in frigid waters.

Want to learn more about the curious creature known as the octopus? Listen to the Stuff You Should Know Podcast: Octopus, Octopi, Octopod, Octopuses on Discovery Education Streaming Plus!

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