Rare ‘Dumbo’ octopus gives scientists a show near the ocean floor

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Scientists hoping to study creatures that live near the bottom of Earth's oceans have many difficult hurdles to overcome. You can't just swim down there on your own, so exploring the ocean floor has to be done with extremely durable robotic vehicles that require the effort of an entire team. The payoff, however, is often worth the trouble.

In a new video by the crew of the E/V Nautilus, an extremely rare "Dumbo" octopus is seen mugging for the camera. The images were captured by the remote-operated robotic vehicle Hercules, which endures the crushing water pressure to deliver glimpses of ocean depths that would instantly kill a human.

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