Saturday, March 12, 2016

Deep Discoverer discovers a very deep, ghostlike octopod

During the first dive of the Okeanos Explorer 2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaii expedition to explore on the northeast side of Necker Island, the Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle encountered this octopus, which confused several of our shore based scientists who have never seen anything like it.
Upon further review, this ghostlike octopod is almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any yet-described genus.

This tiny octopus, whose body measured about five centimeters across, was spotted swimming along at a depth of 825 meters as we explored Whiting Seamount on April 29, 2015.

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