As Norwegian biology teacher Karstein Erstad skied through the mountains of southern Norway last week, he came across an extraordinary sight: thousands of earthworms littering the snow before him. Where had they come from? Were they alive?
Meet the Dumbo octopus, member of the genus Grimpoteuthis. These strange creatures live deep in the ocean. Most are found 3,000 to 4,000 meters below, often hovering just above the sea floor. And their fins – well, they look like the ears of Walt Disney’s Dumbo the Flying Elephant, hence their name.