This currently unnamed species of octopus has been nicknamed “Adorabilis” because it is adorable.
The ocean covers nearly 70% of the earth and is the driving force for much of the planet’s life. It controls weather, our surface temperature, and performs numerous other tasks to keep everything around us alive. Only 95% of it has ever been explored leaving many species to be discovered, like the opistoteuthis adorabilis octopus.
This cute little octopus was discovered in the deep cold of the ocean floor. It is a form of flapjack octopus, but technically doesn’t even have an official name, just a nickname of adorabillis.
A lone researcher, Dr. Stephanie Bush, has spent the last 10 years documenting everything she can about them.
Stephanie is currently working on trying to come up with a scientific name for the adorabilis, but hasn’t settled on anything yet. She is just waiting on the eggs to hatch to give them a proper name.
If you would like to see these cool little guys in person they are still on display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. They are part of a special “Deep Sea” display they are currently sponsoring at the aquarium that also includes big jellyfish, various species of squid, and more.