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.