The most adorable tiny octopus in the world looks like a cross between a Pac-Man ghost and a Pokemon creature.
Yeah, just like that!
With large eyes, tiny flapping fins and a blob-like body, the octopus is too adorable, it could be a character of a Pixar movie. According to Stephanie Bush, a postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
As someone that’s describing the species you get to pick what the specific name is. One of the thoughts I had was making it Opisthoteuthis adorabilis—because they’re really cute.”
One of the cute characteristic of this sweet cephalopod is the webbing between its tentacles. The webbing gives the octopus a balloon-like bounce, allowing it to optimally glide through currents while using its fins to control its direction.
These animals are part of the greater ocean ecosystem. And in order to have a healthy functioning ocean ecosystem we need to understand the ecology and behavior of the individual species,” Bush said.
However, the possible Opisthoteuthis adorabilis is not the first to be given an unscientifically strange species name. In 2011, a horse fly was named Scaptia beyonceae after the singer and actress Beyonce because of its golden booty. The jellyfish Phialella zappai had been also scientifically named after rock singer Frank Zappa in the scientist’s sneaky bid to meet the musician.
These bizarre species names ultimately prove that when you’re a scientist, you don’t always have to play by the rules.