Most intriguing creatures of the deep

Flapjack will just not do as the official name for this cute sea creature. Photo: Facebook.

A cute, big-eyed, unclassified species of octopus is winning fans throughout the world.

The animal has been called 'adorable' by so many people that scientists may just call it that.

Stephanie Bush, a postdoctoral researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, said that she is considering the name Opisthotheusis Adorabilis.

The species is currently unofficially known as a flapjack octopus.

Ms Bush told Science Friday that the unnamed creature lives in the deep sea at depths of up to 450m. The endearing species is 18cm in diameter and spreads like a 'parachute' as it moves.

The ocean is a vast and mysterious place full of weird and wonderful creatures.

Amazing footage of the mysterious sunfish

Diver Erik van der Goot captured this incredible video of a sunfish off the sunny island of Gozo near Malta.

Whale or living relic?

Are they throwbacks from millions of years ago? Are they hell beasts unleashed from the depths of Hades by angry gods bent on punishing us?

Mystery creature causes panic in Taiwan

This strange footage was shot in Taiwan recently by uploader Wei Cheng Jian. He encountered this rarely-seen creature while fishing in a port in Penghu.


Teeth. Teeth everywhere.

Strange creatures washed up on Pukehina Beach in the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand after violent storms in 2013.

What is this thing?

Plant or fish, we're not really sure.



Batfish caught on camera in Belize

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Eighteen-foot sea creature found off California Coast

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