Octopus Ballet





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Published on Mar 31, 2009

This white octopus was filmed with a
high-definition underwater video camera
at 6600 feet depth 200 miles off the coast of Oregon in September 2005 as part of the
VISIONS '05 expedition led by Professors
John Delaney and Deborah Kelley
of the University of Washington.

Little is known about the deep-sea octopuses that live in proximity to the hydrothermal
vent fields associated with the
underwater volcanoes of the
Juan de Fuca Ridge in the
Northeast Pacific Ocean.

This video features the Grimpoteuthis bathynectes species. Sometimes nicknamed the Dumbo octopus, its ears are really fins that help it move through the water.

Primary sponsors of the
VISIONS '05 Expedition were the
National Science Foundation,
W.M. Keck Foundation,
NOAA Coastal Services Center,
University of Washington,
and the ResearchChannel.

Special thanks to Jerome M. Paros
and Elaina Jorgensen.

Music courtesy of Bryan Verhoye.

Video production by
Nancy Penrose
© University of Washington, 2009

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