Scientists Discover 'Remarkable Little Octopod,' Possibly New Species

Scientists Discover 'Remarkable Little Octopod,' Possibly New Species

January 19, 2017


Deepest recorded finding of this little creature.  What else is there yet to uncover in the deep blue ocean waters...

NOAA says this ghostlike octopod, discovered more than 2 1/2 miles underwater near Hawaii, is almost certainly an undescribed species.

Courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016.

In the ocean near Hawaii, more than 2 1/2 miles underwater, scientists have discovered a small, delicate-looking and ghostlike little octopod — possibly a new species.

The animal was discovered by Deep Discoverer, a remotely operated vehicle, or ROV — picture a small, unmanned submarine equipped with cameras and a robotic arm — that was working to collect geological samples

Michael Vecchione, of the National Marine Fisheries Service, described the Feb. 27 discovery on the NOAA website:

"As the ROV was traversing a flat area of rock interspersed with sediment at 4,290 meters, it came across a remarkable little octopod sitting on a flat rock dusted with a light coat of sediment. The appearance of this animal was unlike any published records and was the deepest observation ever for this type of cephalopod."

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