Dumbo octopus

Dumbo octopus Introduction

The dozen or so species that make up Grimpoteuthis are called Dumbo octopuses because of the two large fins—one on either side of the mantle—that protrude like ears. Add in the octopus’s small size (generally around eight inches), relatively short arms, bell-shaped body, pale colouring, and tendency to hover over the seafloor, and you’ve got a cephalopod that’s often called the cutest octopus in the world. Dumbo octopuses live at extreme depths in oceans around the world—up to 13,000 feet below the surface—and are the deepest-living octopuses known. They feed on snails, worms, and other creatures they hoover up from the ocean floor.

Keywords to learn

Cephalopod: An active predatory mollusk of the large class Cephalopoda, such as an octopus or squid.

About Me

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Key Data

  • Order:
  • Lifespan:
    5-6 years.
  • Class:
  • Scientific name:
    Grimpoteuthis spp.
  • Mass:
     13 pounds (5.9 kg).
  • Length:
    7.9 to 12 inches (20-30 cm).
  • Region Found:
    Pacific Ocean.
  • Population Status:
    Least concern.
  • Current population trend:
  • Diet:
  • Sexual maturity:


As you have learned, the Dumbo octopus is a deep-sea dweller with huge ears, loved by many seen by virtually none. This elusive creature is one for the books.


Now that you know more about the Dumbo octopus by learning the key data above, be sure to also to check out the fun facts. When you are finished learning the facts, try answering the questions in the Q&A corner on the bottom right side of the page.


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Dumbo octopus Fun Facts for Kids

  • # 1. Despite there small reputation the Dumbo octopus has been spotted at nearly six feet long!
  • # 2. Dumbo octopuses do not ink, they live in deep water so its not needed.
  • # 3. Dumbo octopuses live 3 to 5 years in the wild.
  • # 4. They have slender protrusions trailing from their suckers called cirri. The role of cirri is not known, but it’s thought to have something to do with feeding.
  • # 5. They propel themselves through the water by flapping their strong fins, not by expelling water forcefully from their siphons—a process called jet propulsion—as other octopuses do.

Q&A Corner

  • # 1. What is the depth that the Dumbo octopus lives at?
  • # 2. Name two things that the Dumbo octopus eats?
  • # 3. What is the current population trend of the Dumbo octopus?
  • # 4. What is the average lifespan for the Dumbo octopus?
  • # 5. What was the longest Dumbo octopus ever seen?


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