The Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis Doodlewash by Charlie O'Shields

The Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis

Here’s another uncommon creature that was spotted just last year by Postdoctoral  Fellow Stephanie Bush and her team from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I’ve not seen whether it’s received its official name yet, but the possible name being considered for this new octopus was Opisthoteuthis “adorabilis,” proving that sometimes even serious scientists have a great sense of humor. And it’s a pretty as this little creature is rather cute and related to the flapjack octopus (Opisthoteuthis californiana), made famous by the character of “Pearl” in Pixar’s Finding Nemo.

Researchers have actually been collecting and studying this super rare cephalopod since 1990, but they still know very little about it. The proposal of the uncommon and fun name caused the creature to make news, as it’s a rather exhaustive process to officially identify these creatures. Ms. Bush has exclusive naming rights due to her research, but we won’t know what she chooses until the process is complete. Its gooey body makes it rather fragile as though it was pulled out of a Jello mold before having time to set properly, but it’s the large eyes on that small body that make it appear so darn cute. Well, for an octopus, at least.

They float around underwater as though they are moving in slow motion by spreading their webs between their tentacles like a tiny parachute. As with many sea creatures, their movements are mesmerizing and magical to watch. This little octopus may not be well known or even have an official name yet, but it’s fun to know that these uncommon creatures exist in the world. If you know of one you’d like to see doodlewashed, please shout it out in the comments!

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Ultramarine Blue, Neutral Tint and Titanium White Gouache. Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Opera Rose. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal

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58 thoughts on “The Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis

  1. He’s cute in a weird sort of way! I’ve read that because of the vast size of the world’s oceans that there are countless numbers of still undiscovered creatures hiding in their depths. Thanks for introducing us to one of them.

  2. Give a nod to this rare cephalopod
    He floats around in the Monterey Sound
    jiggling like jello
    A rather mellow fellow

    A bit gooey when raw
    Don’t eat him with slaw
    When cooked much too chewy
    you’ll spit him out . . .ptui

  3. good on ya’ Charlie! this guy looks so strange, he hardly looks Real… it is amazing what nature comes up with !! Don’t you think he’d make a Fantastic kids stuffed toy, or animal?! You know, YOU Could do that!!

  4. Definitely another for the ‘so outlandish it can only be genuine’ camp! Awesome stuff – were I not already sold on the eyes, I think the ‘ears’ would seal the deal… I was expecting a google to yield a less pretty image than your doodlewash, but no, they really are rather cute!

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