Ghost-like ‘Casper’ octopod discovered

Media caption“Casper” was detected in a Pacific Ocean

Scientists contend a translucent, “ghost-like” octopod detected in sea inlet nearby Hawaii is “almost certainly” a new species.

It was found by a submersible car during a abyss of around 2.5 miles (4km) off Necker Island.

Scientists from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) pronounced it was a abyss record for an octopod but fins.

The quadruped has already been nicknamed “Casper” after a animation ghost.

The octopod lacked colouring cells, giving it a light-coloured appearance.

“It is roughly positively an undescribed species” Michael Vecchione of a NOAA said, job it a “remarkable small octopod”.

Deep-sea octopods tumble into dual categories – cirrate, or ‘Dumbo’, octopods with fins, or incirrate octopods, but fins, that demeanour some-more same to shallow-water octopus.

The sighting of Casper represents a deepest ever celebrated sighting of an incirrate octopod, Mr Vecchione said.

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The Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) Deep Discoverer done a find on 27 February

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