It would seem that ocean still holds a couple of secrets. This fact was again proved by the latest discovery made by NOAA off the coast of Hawaii. NOAA’s remote-controlled submersible managed to catch a glimpse of a giddish sea-creature, which resembled a ghost-like octopus.
NOAA’s exploration ship called the Okeanos Explorer, who recently left harbor in order to explore and an unknown section of the Ocean, made this momentous discovery.
On the morning of the 27th of February, the scientists aboard the ship were maneuvering the radio-controlled deep-sea exploration vehicle. According to their statements, the team was out there to gather additional information about deep-sea species.
Little did they known that they were about to encounter something truly unexpected. As the submersible hit the 4.000-meter range, its onboard cameras pick up something most unusual.
At first glance, it seemed that the strange appearance resembled a ghostly apparition. But, upon closer inspection, the scientists found out that the ghostly creature was, in fact, an octopus minding its own business.
However, neither one of them knew this species of octopus. According to Michael Vecchione, one of the scientists onboard the Okeanos Explorer, no science book mentioned anything about this species of octopus.
Well, you can imagine how thrilled the scientists were when they’ve discovered that this octopus is one of a kind.
Apart from him being cute, one of the scientists said that the octopus bears an uncanny resemblance to Casper, the friendly ghost from the popular kids TV show.
Vecchione declared that this newly-discovered octopus lack any skin pigment and it’s rather more muscular than most species of octopods.
Furthermore, the 46-second video captured by the submersible shows that the new species of octopus, which has yet to receive any name, might actually be a suborder of the Incirrina species.
Moreover, the scientists have reasons to believe that the Casper-like ghost might be akin to other species of octopods such as the Cirrate genus. However, this hypothesis might be a little off, since Casper, the friendly octopus, lacks cirrate-like features such as filaments paired with their suckers or fins on their heads.
Well, as you would imagine, after discovering the sea creature, the scientists thought it best to post the short clip on Facebook.
In a matter of hours, the clip and the attached photo received over 200.000 likes and countless comment.
And, of course, everyone said that the little critter is very cute and that he or she wants one to pet and to play with
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