Meet Adorabilis, the World's Cutest Octopus

Meet Adorabilis, the World's Cutest Octopus

A recently described species of octopus needs a name, and it's so cute we might just call it Adorabilis.

What do you call an octopus that's got stubby little tentacles, is bright pink, super squishy, and looks like a Pac-Man ghost? Why not Adorabilis, suggests its describer, Stephanie Bush, at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

"As someone that's describing this species, you get to pick what the specific name is..." says Bush, a doctoral student with MBARI. "One of the thoughts I had was making it Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis. Because they are just... yeah. They're really cute."

We have to agree with her on that. Have a look at the little critter in Science Friday's video below:

The name is hardly set in stone, but given the popularity of Bush's suggestion, it seems likely to stick.

Oddly enough, these puppy-eyed octopi (octopodes?) are "abyssal," meaning they reside in the deep sea, on the ocean floor. It thrives in darkness, cold, and high-pressure waters, where it hunts. Its diet consists of small crustaceans, worms, and anything else it can adorably wrestle from the ocean floor. Because its hunting process has not yet been fully described, we are content to believe that it is a loveable, Disney-esque process that makes everyone happy, and is not nightmarish or traumatizing at all.

Adorabilis is also a close cousin of Opisthoteuthis California, or Flapjack octopus, that some readers may know best as the species of Finding Nemo character, Pearl. According to Adam Summers, a scientific consultant on that film, Pearl (and probably Adorabilis, too) "...would be pink mush since... they only reside at great depths." In other words, they won't make great pets.

Though no tangible announcement has been made from movie studios, we can safely assume an "Adorabilis Versus Crocopuppy: Tentickles of Fate" film is in the works, and we will bring you more news on this eventual award-winner as it emerges.

Source: Science Friday, Wikipedia

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Deep sea tentacle creature that looks adorable... which probably means it has about 8 different ways to murder us.

Dear Gaia...that's not an octopus...it's...ZOIDBURG'S SEVERED HEAD! *runs around pointlessly panicking*

Awwwwwww so fucking cute...

...it could murder us all can't it?

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Look at it! It's so adorable! Its exactly what I thought a Chutullu baby would look like.

Just wait til Gamefreak design a Pokemon from that cutie!

Also man, that is a long period for the egg to hatch which they better record it. I bet the babies are also cute aswell!

Adorabilis? It has my vote! :D

In case anyone is wondering, yes this is a legit thing to do. If you've discovered it you can for the most part name it whatever you want. As long as it sounds Latin-ish (because tradition), and you're not naming it after yourself. Consequentially stranger names can and have been come up with, so why not?! :D

Dalek Caan:
Look at it! It's so adorable! Its exactly what I thought a Chutullu baby would look like.

I HAVE been looking for ways to get kids into Cthulhu...

Scarim Coral:
Also man, that is a long period for the egg to hatch which they better record it. I bet the babies are also cute aswell!

Yeah! I can't wait for those babies to hatch. Baby octopus > kitten

MonsterCrit:
Deep sea tentacle creature that looks adorable... which probably means it has about 8 different ways to murder us.

Exactly what I was thinking.
So cute it just HAS to be carrying lethal toxins.

Or it's Cthulu in his pre-evolved form.
All he's looking for is the right, dumb as a bag of spanners pokemon trainer and it's "cthulu! I choose you! Ai Ai f'tang" all over the place.

I want now! Super cute.

I believe that that's the...appropriate response. Moving on!

So, it's good for sailing, but what about gripping? Octopi sort of need that...

I will call him squishy. And he will be mine. And he will be my squishy.

Sorry, Finding Nemo comes to mind when I see something like that.

Adorable indeed.

No Splatoon jokes? The Nintendo fans are really slacking.

Fox12:
No Splatoon jokes? The Nintendo fans are really slacking.

Probably because it's neither a kid or a squid, now.

Fox12:
No Splatoon jokes? The Nintendo fans are really slacking.

The problem is the Octarians are not nearly as cute as the Inklings. Had this been an adorable squid, you can bet I would be making jokes. However, if you want something cute and Splatoon related, I'll leave this here.

Eeeee! So cute! Who knew octopi, octopuses, whatever could be so adorable!

I want that cuteness on my head YESTERDAY!

Other than that... uh...

GamemasterAnthony:
Dear Gaia...that's not an octopus...it's...ZOIDBURG'S SEVERED HEAD! *runs around pointlessly panicking*

Going by shape alone, this thing might well be a terrestrial offshoot of the brain slugs.

I am so glad this article got published: that cute little octi just made my day.

I wonder if the difference in pressure might be affecting the eggs' incubation (from the video, not the article).

Adorabilis looks tasty... sure, it's cute ... but to me it looks like something I want to roast over open flame on a grill.

 

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