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Dumbo Octopus

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The genus has a distinct habit of swimming. Whilst it appears that the large fins on the side of the head are propelling the creature, it is actually a siphon, pushing water out the back, creating propulsion. The fins are in fact primarily used for stabilization and steering. Movement of the arms can be used to help the animal move in any direction. The arms permit the animal to crawl along the seafloor, to capture prey, lay eggs, explore, etc. Dumbos hover above the sea floor, searching for polychaete worms, pelagic copepods, isopods, amphipods, and other crustaceans for food. Prey is captured by pouncing on the target, which then is swallowed whole. It is also interesting to know that contrast to other octopuses, dumbo octopuses do not produce ink. This makes sense considering the fact that their habitat is a deep, dark place in the ocean. Instead of ink sacs, dumbo octopuses take advantage of a strand-like structure on their suckers to help them sense the surrounding environment as well as looking for food.



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