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First-ever footage of the newborn dumbo octopus reveals that they are fully grown up since birth

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An ecstatic video featuring a baby dumbo octopus has left the viewers spellbound. The dumbo octopuses are one of the deepest sea creatures and glow pearly white amid the darkness of the ocean. These dumbo octopuses cruise through the chilly deep oceans with their eight muscular arms and two big flapping ears. But what fascinates people more is the baby dumbo octopus which looks like its parents but is very tiny.

The adorable first ever video of a newborn dumbo octopus will definitely surprise the viewers. The video of the baby octopus was taken in the year 2005 by Tim Shank, an ecologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Tim Shank recently uploaded the video of the newborn dumbo octopus and also published a research paper accompanying the video in the Journal Current Biology. Shank’s study revealed that the baby dumbo octopuses behave like adults almost instantly after taking birth. They could swim, survey their environment and detect chemical signals. They even could catch their prey as they get Well-developed suckers on their arms since their birth.

Shank and his team analyzed the video that recorded the hatching process of the newborn dumbo octopus. They found out that within 10 minutes of hatching, the baby octopus behaved like a fully grown adult. “We, therefore, conclude that dumbo octopuses hatch as competent juveniles,” said the study authors. Back in 2005, while Tim Shank was on a cruise through the underwater peaks of North Atlantics Cape Cod, he discovered some strange chocolate-colored balls clung to the corals. The cold water coral was almost 8000 feet below the sea surface. With the help of his remote-operated underwater vehicle or ROV, he scooped the spheres and brought them back to the surface. Shank found out that the chocolate-colored balls were nothing but eggshells and one of those eggshells cracked open and a baby octopus emerged out of it. For almost two hours Shank and his team observed the tiny octopus and recorded a short video of it swimming in a petri dish.

Lead author of the study, Elizabeth Shea, curator of mollusks at the Delaware Museum of Natural History said, “Once the fins were observed while the hatchling was still in the bucket, it was clear that it was a ‘dumbo’ octopod.” Shea and her team found that the baby dumbo octopus immediately started showing adult-like behaviors after the hatching process. This made the researchers believe that the new born dumbo octopuses are almost identical to their adult counterparts and their trademark big floppy fins are present from birth.

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