A new species of octopus resembling a ghost has been discovered by Okeanos Explorer near the coast of Hawaii. While most terrestrial species are believed to have been found, the depths of the oceans are still shrouded in mystery.
Okeanos Explorer, a ship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States (NOAA), has just discovered a curious creature dwelling near Hawaii. The remote-controlled submersible has recently set sail to explore unknown waters and has already made an astonishing discovery.
The ghost-like octopus was found on February 27. The researchers were controlling the exploration vehicle from the ship by using radio waves. It appears that their purpose was to collect additional information on the strange animals that live at great depths. When the vehicle reached four thousand meters beneath the level of the ocean, the cameras showed a most peculiar apparition.
The animal that looked so much like a beloved ghost cartoon was quickly recognized as being an octopus. However, its kind was unknown to the scientists. As Michael Vecchione, who was aboard the Okeanos Explorer, has stated, the species of octopus has never been mentioned in any books. Vecchione also gave a couple more details about the creature: it does not have any skin pigment whatsoever and seems to have more muscular mass than other species of octopods.
Nicknamed Casper after the friendly ghost from the 1995 cartoon, the octopus was captured on a video that lasted for 46 seconds. Scientists believe that it might belong to one of the suborders of the species named Incirrina. Some have even suggested that Casper could be related to the Cirrate genus, but the theory is not so strong since the octopus does not present fins on its head or filaments on their suckers, features that define the Cirrate octopods.
Vecchione has expressed his excitement at the discovery:
“It’s a really good example of how little we know about life in the deep sea. And of course, the deep sea is most of the living space on our planet. So it’s a good illustration of how little we know about life on our own planet.”
The video of Casper was posted on Facebook by the scientists who discovered it and has since received thousands of comment and more than 200,000 likes.
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