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Jun 13, 2007

Dumbo octopus: "pppbbbbbttthhh!"

This octopus is all: "I leeve in dee depths of dee oh-ceayns." [covers eyes with ear flaps] "No flash photographies!"



I must say, this pic has been sent in by beellions of people, so thank you... most recently, "M.R.", courtesy of the NY Times.

See MORE interestin' pics in this here book: The Deep. Good idea, Steph H.!

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bleeny bleeny bleen bleen?

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:11 AM

it almost looks like those animals made out of fruit...

anyone know what i'm talking about??

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:14 AM

i'm not so sure about "cute".
i'm sure its mother thinks it the cutest thing ever....

Be careful. Theo may eat it.

agree with Ali- looks kinda like a skinned mango or something???

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:19 AM

Pixy Misa - YES! Thanks! Doesn't it look like it though?

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:19 AM

Cute! Makes me think of...

"Awwww! You guys made me ink!"

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:20 AM

You took the words right outta my mouth! That's EXACLTY what I thought!

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:22 AM

What the Heck ????? Looks at object cross eyed. Are you sure it's alive?? really!! are you sure??

An Octapus you say! Hmmmmm.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:24 AM

all right

all right

I don't think all animals say

at least some of them don't

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:25 AM

metsakins - yes, this one looks more like it's saying "blaaaaaaaahhhgh"!

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:28 AM


ooooo! they hover above the sea floor. Okay maybe eet is cute. here is more info for all you budding marine biologists.

And a grownup picture?


 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:30 AM

I..what...it's...are you sure that's an octopus? It looks like those leetle toys in a water dome, you push a button and they dance.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:34 AM

oh ... okay ... now, that's just really ... weird.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Pikachu! Thundershock!

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:46 AM

Adult version is not cute.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:46 AM

I'm glad you posted what it is. I couldn't have guessed in a thousand years.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:48 AM

Front? Back? Eyes? Just one? Where's the 8 legs? I dunno, looks like a Pokemon to me.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:49 AM

looks like the lil octopus off of finding nemo

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:53 AM

Yup, the bebeh, he looks like fruit art. The adult is kinda cute, what the flappiness and the blue eyes.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:55 AM

I shall call him "Squishy" and he shall be mine, and he shall by my Squishy. ^_^

/I need to watch that movie again...

fish eye no miko
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 11:57 AM

I am SO going to make an amigurumi of this guy!

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:01 PM

ahn. it looks like a shaved pear. i believe those pointy things (only 4 of 8 showing) will be the tentacles. actually, i was being polite. it looks *somewhat* similar to a portion of a man's anatomy. or maybe, as usual, i just need to get some. :^[

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:01 PM

I agree with DKN... "Aw, you guys made me ink!" is right!! One tentacle is shorter than the rest, but you can't "really" tell! Aw :)

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:02 PM

That is the strangest thing I've seen in a long time.

R. Moore
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:03 PM

Liz -- I'm more of a calamari fan. (LIGHTLY fried.)
(With marinara and lemon.)

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:05 PM

"awwww, you guys made me ink!"

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:11 PM

mmmm. calimari (whispered quietly)
so, we will have to wait for this thing to grow up to eat it then???

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:13 PM

TO me it is making that buzzing whirr sound like humming birds make when they fly past you.
you know the one whirzzzzzzzz..

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:19 PM

Yes, you have to wait. This little guy would only produce calimari NUBBINS.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:25 PM

I usually think most anything is cute, but I just can't "cute-ify" an octopus. Even a behbeh one. Are we SURE this is an octopus and not some other type of sea creature?

Annie...thanks for the link, but I agree wif Kritter - adult version is not cute. Did you look at the rest of the pics? Did you see that clear wormy thing?!? OMG! *home alone face* I won't say what THAT thing looks like! *ewww....slinks off to wash my eyeballs*

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:29 PM

Now Now MusicChick all creatures are beautiful in God's Eyes.


 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:34 PM

Octopuses (octopi) are TOO cute! Babies and adults. And they're smart, besides.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:39 PM

That is in fact the back of the octopus, as you can clearly see the tube it uses to funnel water and propel itself. Those little points are the tips of its tentacles; it has skin between its tentacles, so they're actually much longer than they appear.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:44 PM

I agree with DKN and kate. Totally looks like the pink squid/octo from Finding Nemo. It also looks a little like a PacMan ghost.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:44 PM

I Like Him!!!

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:45 PM

Sorta cute in a squishy way, but where's the Ewwwwwww commenter NOW! This actually has a teenie bit of Ewwwww potential, in a nice way.

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:47 PM

It's Pearl from Finding Nemo!

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 12:48 PM

Octipi ARE the cute...anyone who says otherwise can bite my syphon.

kevin h.
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 01:04 PM

Awwww, squishy!! Soo cute!!

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 01:06 PM

The grown-ups are pretty nifty too:


Wellington boots for tentacles!

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 01:08 PM

It's a -- Pokemon!!

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 01:23 PM

I have one of these on my nightstand!!


 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 01:34 PM

If this image doesn't turn up in a Fark Photoshop contest very soon, I will lose all faith in teh Intartubez.

Not That Mike The Other Mike
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 02:21 PM

Carpe Molluscem, Biggus Mikeus!

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 02:33 PM

I'm not a Farker (but I play one on TV).

/ Welease Woger!
// Welease Bwian!
/// Welease Swashies!

Not That Mike The Other Mike
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 02:43 PM

I thought I was somewhat conversant with a good number of non-human things but I sure have never heard of this thing. I think we need a new rule of cuteness: SO UGLY IT'S CUTE!! similar to CUTE OR SAD? but without the sad.
What do you other peeps think? New rule?

Mary (the first)
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 03:05 PM

Well, there's not a lot more "cute" here, but if you find this deep sea life as fascinating as I do, check out the website for the book:


 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 03:55 PM

Have you ever seen Piglet Squid? I posted them before and people thought I was making it up. They are a real species.
Check them out.

ka9q's wife
 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 04:02 PM

Piglet squid is awesome! :)

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 04:09 PM

That piglet squid is anerable!! It looks surprised: "Look at how cute I am!!"

 |  Jun 13, 2007 at 04:27 PM

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