Sunday, March 6, 2016

Casper the Friendly Ghost Octopus

This image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016

Researchers have found a translucent looking octopus in the deep water of Honolulu, Hawaii. Social Media has dubbed the cephalopod mollusk with eight sucker-bearing arms "Casper the Friendly Ghost" for it's ghostlike appearance.

As the ROV (remotely operated vehicle) 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 marine creature, he added, in a statement released on March 2.
- the NOAA's Michael Vecchione said.

Casper, unlike the usual Octopoda with two suckers on each tentacles, only has one row and is lacking pigment cells called "chromatophores".

It is almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any described genus

Source: Yahoo

Normal Octopus

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