This Dumbo Octopus Video Will Melt Your Heart

Feel good Friday….

NOAA research vessel Okeanos Explorer captured this gem during a dive in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, April 26, 2014. One of the highlights of the dive, NOAA says, was this “dumbo octopus” who uses his ear-like fins to slowly swim away. Dumbo’s coiled leg body posture has never been observed before in this species, according to NOAA.

You can read more about Okeanos Exploer’s current expedition HERE.

NOAA Ocean Explorer: NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Gulf of Mexico 2014

Video and photo courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.