‘Cute’ octopus may be new species with adorable name

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MONTEREY, CA— Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California think they have found a new species of octopus that is being described as adorable.

Some people say it looks like a cross between a Pac-Man ghost and a Pokemon creature. Others believe it looks like it has puppy dog ears.

Stephanie Bush, a postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, is helping to collect specimens for the aquarium’s new exhibit.

“As someone that’s describing the species you get to pick what the specific name is,” Bush told Science Friday,  “One of the thoughts I had was making it Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis — because they’re really cute.”

The octopus she found belongs to the Genus Opisthoteuthis, also known as flapjack octopus.