Meet Dotty the Dumbo Octopus!

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D is for Dumbo Octopus
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Hi! I’m Dotty the Dumbo Octopus! But I’m no dummy!

We were named Dumbo after an elephant’s ears from a Disney cartoon. At least, that’s what I’m told. What’s an elephant I wonder? Do you know?

I use my ear-like fins to push me through the water and I steer using the webbing between my tentacles. 

Unlike other octopuses, I don’t have an ink sac because I rarely come across someone who wants to eat me. When I do, my secret weapon is my speed!

I live with my family and at least 15 cousins of different species deep in the open ocean, but because the ocean is so big we don’t see each other very often. We live down at around 13,100 feet, making us the deepest living of all known octopuses. That’s really deep, don’t you think? 

Because it’s so deep, we’re pretty small compared to octopuses that live higher up in the sea. The biggest of my family ever recorded was 5 feet 10 inches, but we’re often an average size of 7-12 inches long. 

When I’m not busy finding food or escaping someone who wants to eat me, I like to twirl. What’s your favorite thing to do?

You can take Dotty home with you!

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