Unknown ‘Ghost’ Octopus Found 2.6 Miles Deep In The Pacific Ocean

5:00 pm 11 Mar, 2016


It is said about 95 percent of the Earth’s oceans are unseen by human eyes and up to 99 percent of the sea floor is still unexplored, leaving human beings to wonder what might be down there. However, scientists have claimed that’s finally changing, as they have developed hardier probes that can go deeper and record higher-definition video than ever before.

On February 27, scientists at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched an unmanned probe to survey the seabed of the Pacific Ocean. And while surveying in a remote area northwest of Hawaii, the unmanned probe came across an odd octopus that’s apparently new to science.

Pacific Ocean


It is said the octopus was found 4.3 km — more than 14,000 feet, (2.6 miles) — deep below the surface and scientist Michael Vecchione, a zoologist with NOAA, said it’s almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any described genus. But all thanks to one high-tech US rover named Deep Discoverer (or D2), the scientists now have the HD video of this weird, ‘ghostlike’ octopus. Here’s the video:


Michael Vecchione said that the appearance of this animal is unlike any published records. Not only is it likely an unknown species, but it’s also the deepest fin-less octopus ever seen, he added.

Describing further, Vecchione said the animal did not seem very muscular and its mild muscle tone gives it a baggy, almost nebulous appearance. It also has no chromatophores, pigment cells that are typical of cephalopods, so its body is basically colorless. “This resulted in a ghostlike appearance,” Vecchione writes.


Below is the photo of the seabed near Hawaii’s Necker Island, aka Mokumanamana, where the D2 found the weird ghost octopus.

Ghost octopus


Emphasising on the need to explore more, Vecchione points out on the discovery that finding an animal like the ghost octopus so deep below the surface has demonstrated how far humans have come as ocean explorers, but it has also highlighted how much we still have to learn.

Below is the image of the Okeanos Explorer, docked in Hawaii, from where the NOAA’s D2 ROV is operated.

Ghost octopus


Credit: Mother Nature Network