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"Adorable" New Octopus Species Discovered in California

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    Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
    A new octopus similar to this flapjack octopus has been discovered in Monterey.

    A researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is deciding what to name a tiny octopus she has found and been unable to identify.

    "I thought that since this animal is so adorable, I should name it adorabilis," Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, told Santa Cruz Sentinel. "I'm supposed to be this really serious stoic scientist, but I'm still human. It's just so cute."

    Bush also discovered that one such octopus laid eggs last year that have yet to hatch.

    The octopus is very similar to — and in the same genus as — the flapjack octopus that's been on display at the aquarium for months.