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8 bizarre newly discovered deep sea creatures

By: Bryan Nelson on Jan. 25, 2010, 9:30 a.m.
Dumbo Octopi

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Dumbo octopi

All together, the Census of Marine Life has cataloged at least nine species of rare, primitive, gelatinous "Dumbo" octopods living in the ocean depths, including this one (Grimpoteuthis sp.) which is likely new to science. Dumbos hover through the darkness by flapping their giant elephant-like fins, and they can grow as long as 6 feet.