Meet the ‘Adorabilis,’ a proposed name for an unclassified octopus with the most adorable puppy dog eyes.
In the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, Stephanie Bush is a marine biology researcher. She tried to give the cute animal a name that would show how cute it was.
The little creature has tiny ‘wing-like’ fins on its head and huge puppy dog eyes, giving it the appearance of a lovely cartoon.
The entire scientific name under consideration is ‘Opisthotheusis Adorabilis,” but it is now simply known as the ‘flapjack octopus.’
“I figured since this animal is so adorable, I should name it adorabilis,” Bush said.
“I’m meant to be this serious, stoic scientist, but I’m still human.” It’s just so adorable.”
The tiny octopus is about the size of a human fist. Even though the species was discovered in the early 1990s, Bush is the first person to try to describe it.
“One of the simplest parts is giving it a name. We need to collect a large number of specimens. Essentially, there is a lot of counting and measuring.”
“You must distinguish one species from others.”
For those with keen eyes, the flapjack octopus was dubbed “Pearl” in the hit film “Finding Nemo.”
Its pinkish tint is rather common among deep sea organisms. Despite this, they appear black in deep seas because red light does not reach them.
Their bodies are gelatine-like and measure around 7 inches in diameter.
They also swim around the water by flapping their webbed arms, yet they spend the majority of their time sitting on the deep sea floor.