This little guy is making the rounds on the Internet due in large part to its cuteness. The flapjack octopus (Opisthoteuthis sp) is a cute little cephalopod that has ear like structures that flap on its head as it propels itself in the water. Its legs are webbed, giving it another cute factor that may lend the scientist who is describing it to name it adorabilis. Although a different species, but in the same genus, this little guy could also be the inspiration for Pearl, the octopus in Finding Nemo.
Bush first noted there were key differences between “adorabilis” and Opisthoteuthis califoriana, the pink flapjack octopus.
The octopus is native to California and has been photographed at 330 meters in Monterey Bay, Calif. It was first discovered in the early 1990s but researchers hadn’t described the species until Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute decided to take it on. Bush told the Santa Cruz Sentinal that the octopus is so cute that she might name it Opisthoteuthis adorabilis.
According to the Sentinel, many are hoping that Bush will name the species just that.