Scientists just discovered an adorable, miniature new species of octopus
Scientists have found what may be a new species of octopus. Isn’t he (or she) the cutest?!
Last month, on February 27th, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had an underwater robot, the Okeanos Explorer, check out the ocean floor near Necker Island, which is a small island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. And what did the robot discover? This beyond-cute, Casper-like octopod. He was chillin’ on a flat part of a rock approximately 13,120 feet below the sea… or ocean, as it were.
“The appearance of this animal was unlike any published records and was the deepest observation ever for this type of cephalopod,” scientist Michael Vecchione said in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration blog post. “A distinctive characteristic was that the suckers were in one, rather than two, series on each arm. This animal was particularly unusual because it lacked the pigment cells, called chromatophores, typical of most cephalopods, and it did not seem very muscular. This resulted in a ghostlike appearance, leading to a comment on social media that it should be called Casper, like the friendly cartoon ghost. It is almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any described genus.”
Awww, we want one.
You can check out “Casper” (the friendly octopus) for yourself in this YouTube video.