Scientists discovered a cute "ghost-like" octopus on the Pacific Ocean floor

Just four days ago, the scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) spotted a translucent white octopod off the Hawaiian Archipelago. They were collecting geological samples with a remote-operated vehicle called the Okeanos Explorer at a depth of 4,300 kilometers while on Necker Ridge when they saw what they described as a "remarkable little octopod" and is believed to be a previously unknown species.

Dubbed as 'Casper the Friendly Ghost' octopus.
Dubbed as 'Casper the Friendly Ghost' octopus.


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According to the National Geographic Channel, which uploaded the video on their YouTube page, it is the deepest-dwelling octopod, or a group of invertebrates that includes octopuses, without fins ever found. Its ghostlike appearance is due to the total lack of pigment cells, or chromatophores, which are useless in the dark depths. However, the NOAA zoologists who saw the video said that its eyes are probably functional and allows it to see bioluminescent animals, or those with the ability to create and emit light.


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Scientists discovered a cute "ghost-like" octopus on the Pacific Ocean floor Scientists discovered a cute "ghost-like" octopus on the Pacific Ocean floor Reviewed by BubbleFeed on March 12, 2016 Rating: 5