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The nine known species of rare, primitive finned octopods are commonly called “Dumbos” because they flap a pair of large ear-like fins to swim, akin to the cartoon flying elephant. One of the deep sea's largest animals, this specimen was collected at about 3500 meters on a 2009 Census of Marine Life MAR-ECO cruise to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Credit: Michael Vecchione, Census of Marine Life

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