This octopus, which is miles away under the Indian Ocean, lives 2,000 meters deeper than before. This octopus, belonging to the genre ‘Dumbo’, resembles cartoon characters.

Octopuses, which many people are afraid to see and touch, are a good source of food for some of us. There are even imitation and camouflaged species of these multi-armed creatures that are harmful and predatory. Let’s take a closer look to find out how deep the sea can go.

The deepest place the cameras have ever seen an octopus was the Indian Ocean. It was announced that the region called Java Pit hosted an octopus about 5,000 meters below. The new depth was discovered 2 km deeper and about 7,000 meters below the Java Pit.

An octopus was discovered 7,000 meters below the Java Pit

Researchers reporting the discovery in the journal Marine Biology say that this is a ‘Dumbo’ octopus species. The octopus gets its name ‘Dumbo’ from a cartoon character. It can be said that this animal, which seems to have skyrocketed from the Disney cartoons of the 1940s, got its name from the ear-like fins that are just above the eyes.

The name behind the discovery is Dr. Alan Jamieson pioneered the event using the tool called ‘landing’. These instruments are devices on reconnaissance ships that record passes by placing them on the seabed.

Dr Jamieson has displayed two octopuses to date using these equipment. The lengths of these creatures, one of which is 5.760 and the other is 5.957 meters deep, were measured as 43 and 35 centimeters, respectively. As a result of the investigations, they were included in the ‘Dumbo’ group, which belongs to the ‘Grimpoteuthis‘ family.

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Until this discovery, octopus pieces and eggs have always been found in very deep places. The depth we saw before the new discovery was explained as 5.145 m.

Photo of an animal taken out of Barbados 50 years ago

Dr. Jamieson said that the depths of the Indian Ocean are a suitable habitat for 99% of octopuses, but that a creature will need some adaptation to live so deep. Adding that all the adaptations to live under pressure are all at the cellular level, the scientist said that cells that want to collapse under pressure must be protected.


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