The annals of science are filled with oddly named animals. For instance, did you know there’s a kind of chewing louse named after Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson, and a species of fly named after Beyoncé?
The newest addition to that may be this octopus, which is so cute that the scientist working to identify it may include that cuteness factor in its name.
“As someone that’s describing the species, you get to pick what the specific name is,” Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, who is working to describe the octopus, told Science Friday. “One of the thoughts I had was making it ‘Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis’ – they’re really cute.”
Here’s a fun fact: This little guy (or girl!) belongs to the same genus (Opisthoteuthis) as Pearl, the pink flapjack octopus in Finding Nemo.
Here’s an even more fun fact: This species of octopus is known for the webbing between its tentacles, which allows it to glide like an umbrella, steering with the fins on its head. It’s definitely earned its (possible) name.