A video released by Science Friday in which a tiny, orange octopus is looking at the camera with its big, lovely eyes has gone viral over the internet and everyone can’t stop talking about how unbelievably adorable the little cephalopod is.
The researchers are tasked with finding a name for the cutest octopus in the world and might the first name that came to them is Adorabilis, based on the creatures sweet appearance.
Stephanie Bush, one of the researchers who studied the cute octopus said that she thought about calling it Opistoteuthis adorabilis because it looks so, well, adorable.
Bush, a biologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, has been trying to distinguish the octopus from other species of cephalopods.
The cutest octopus in the world was first discovered in the 1990s, but the researchers at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have started to study the live specimens only recently.
Bush is one of the scientists who get to examine the octopus and find evidence that it is different from other known species of octopus and that it deserves a name of its own.
One of the octopuses that Bush is currently studying has laid eggs that are still incubating. Bush said that they can’t say for sure when the eggs will hatch.
According to the marine biologists, most species of octopus don’t live very long, just a few years.
However, the researchers have sufficient evidence to believe that some species of octopus that live deep in the sea might have a longer lifespan.
The experts say that these species are still a mystery because not much is known about them.
A species of deep-sea octopus is known to have laid eggs and brood them for more than four years, which means that it can live for at least 5 years.
That is why Bush believes that the cutes octopus in the world might live longer than other species of octopuses.
At the moment, the tiny, cute cephalopods live in aquarium tanks that were specially designed to mimic their natural deep-sea habitat.
The researchers are waiting for the eggs to hatch in order to determine the lifespan of these adorable octopuses.
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