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Ghostly deep sea octopus filmed 4.3km down

March 5, 2016 | Comment icon 11 comments



The unique octopus has been nicknamed 'Casper'. Image Credit: YouTube / oceanexplorergov
The remarkable cephalopod was captured on camera off Hawaii by a remotely operated underwater vehicle.
It is generally believed that we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about what lies at the bottom of our own oceans, yet despite the challenges involved in deep sea exploration, researchers in recent years have been making significant progress in slowly piecing together the strange, alien world that lies deep down beneath the waves.

One such explorer is Michael Vecchione from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC who, with the help of a special underwater vehicle, recently discovered a unique species of octopus at a depth of 4290 meters below the surface of the sea near Necker Island in the Hawaiian archipelago.
The ghostly purple cephalopod, which is believed to be a completely new species, can be seen in the video making its way along the sea floor in an eerie, otherworldly fashion.

"The main thing about exploration is that you donít know what you are going to uncover," said Vecchione.

"The more time we spend at deeper depths, or in the deep water column, the more likely we are to come across something unexpected."



Source: New Scientist | Comments (11)


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Comment icon #2 Posted by AustinHinton 6 years ago
First Dumbo and now Casper? Someone needs to name a octopus species "meany octo-guy" or something. These poor Cephalopods just can't catch a break, it's not their fault they are seen as cute. Oh well, at least they have Vampyroteuthis infernalis-Vampire Squid from Hell.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Aitrui 6 years ago
@Urisk Yes I think that is a mad scramble for cover at 4.3km depth. :-)
Comment icon #4 Posted by SD455GTO 6 years ago
Poor bugger, must have practically gone blind at first when the lights went on. Otherwise, deep sea life is most fascinating.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Regina Fire 6 years ago
This is very cute.
Comment icon #6 Posted by rattpoison 6 years ago
That's a pretty cool looking octopus. I read in a different publication that scientists feel that it could be a new type of octopus. I wonder when we will know if it actually is. I really do like the color scheme, though.
Comment icon #7 Posted by schizoid78 6 years ago
Look pretty fake, the light is perfect, and at over 4000 meters deep down water there is no light at all. Or else why creating a so much fake representation of the reality? Dumb S
Comment icon #8 Posted by Alaric 6 years ago
First Dumbo and now Casper? Someone needs to name a octopus species "meany octo-guy" or something. These poor Cephalopods just can't catch a break, it's not their fault they are seen as cute. Oh well, at least they have Vampyroteuthis infernalis-Vampire Squid from Hell. "Wait, wait... I got it: 'Dr. Octopus'"
Comment icon #9 Posted by Rinna 6 years ago
Comment icon #10 Posted by Mantis914 6 years ago
Cephalopods are awesome. This little octopus looks totally nonchalant however he may be nonplussed...
Comment icon #11 Posted by Summerin1905 6 years ago
its just too cute!


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