Is there anything more wondrous than the ocean floor? The depths down there are a hidden home to thousands of species, species that we have no idea even exist.
One species that calls the deep sea home is the Flapjack Octopus. The adorable little yellow octopus has earned their name of “FlapJack Octopus” because of their little ear flaps that just so happen to look like pancakes.
When the E/V Nautilus, a deep sea submarine, descended to the ocean floor of the Pacific Ocean near California, they were studying the ocean floors when they came across a handsome little Flapjack Octopus. The little fella was staying as still as he could on the sand, hoping that the Nautilus would soon leave.
As they focused on the little Octopus, he began to blink and close his eyes, being blinded by the bright submarine lights. When that didn’t work, he tried to figure out a better way to block the piercing light from his eyes.
Eventually, he came to the realization that the best way to block out the light was going to be by covering his eyes with his tentacles. It was literally the cutest thing the scientists had seen, and lead to a chorus of “aw” and “He’s so cute!”
The scientists then decided to spare the Octopus from any further bright lights and headed away, ending the cutest interaction anyone has ever had with the Flapjack Octopus.