Incredibly Cute Octopus Species Might Get a Fitting Name
Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), has the unique privilege of describing and naming the octopus species in the video above. Although samples of the cephalopod, currently known only by its genus Opisthoteuthis, have been collected since 1990, there has never been a formal scientific name for the species.
The small, fragile, gelatinous octopus has stubby arms—due to well-developed webbing—and oversized eyes. "One of the thoughts I had was making it Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis," she says. "Because they're really cute."
After a live specimen collected in 2014 laid eggs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the researchers at MBARI could get an unprecedented look at baby Adorabilis—which we can only assume is too cute for words.
[h/t Huffington Post]