Octopus Ballet (video)
Watch this video of a white deep-sea octopus filmed by a remotely operated camera deep in the Pacific Ocean. The Grimpoteuthis bathynectes species is sometimes called the “dumbo” octopus because it has large flexible fins on its head that resemble elephant ears. The fins are used for navigation, not hearing. Movements of the octopus are set to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
These deep-sea octopuses can live at depths of 7,000 meters. The largest one ever measured was over six feet in length, and weighed over thirteen pounds. They eat their prey whole. This particular octopus lives near the underwater volcanoes of the Juan de Fuca Ridge in the Northeast Pacific Ocean.
The video was made by the University of Washington.