Cirroteuthis is a genus of octopus that contains one species, C. muelleri.
But Cirroteuthis is a lot bigger than most other cirrate octopus, reaching about 1.5 metres (5 ft) long.
At this depth it just doesn't do to fight the pressure. You will be mercilessly crushed. Cirroteuthis is soft and gelatinous, fighting the ceaseless weight of miles of ocean by means of its own fragility.
Lining their webbed tentacles are the cirri, from which cirrate octopuses get their name. These are fleshy spines between the suckers which are thought to generate a current to usher small crustaceans toward their rather thin, weak beak.
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