New octopus discovered This image provided by courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016, shows a possible new species of octopus. Scientists say they have discovered what might be a new species of octopus while searching the Pacific Ocean floor near the Hawaiian Islands. (NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016 via AP)
New octopus discovered
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Scientists say they have discovered what might be a new species of octopus. It was found as researchers searched the Pacific Ocean floor near the Hawaiian Islands.
 
On Feb. 27, a team found a small light-colored octopus at a depth of about 2.5 miles. It was in the ocean near Necker Island. This is according to Michael Vecchione of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The octopus did not have fins. All of its suckers were in one row on each arm, Vecchione said.
 
The octopus "did not seem very muscular." And it was light colored, he said.
 
"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, " he said in the statement. The statement was posted on the NOAA website.
 
It's unusual to find an octopus without fins so deep in the ocean, said Vecchione.  He noted that the previous depths at which an octopus without fins was found were less than 4,000 meters. That is about 2.5 miles.
 
Two scientists he has consulted "agreed that this is something unusual and is a depth record," said Vecchione. He works with NOAA's National Systematics Laboratory.
 
The octopus was discovered during a search of the ocean floor by a remotely operated vehicle from NOAA's Okeanos Explorer, he said.

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Why was this octopus not discovered before?
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COMMENTS (32)
  • allyt-612-
    4/21/2016 - 01:29 p.m.

    This octopus has not been discovered before because it was discovered 2.5 miles dept in the ocean. The ocean is very big do it may have to be living in that certain region of the ocean to live.

  • davide-fer
    4/21/2016 - 04:21 p.m.

    Because it was very deep - 2.5 miles away.

  • william1108-yyca
    4/21/2016 - 09:35 p.m.

    It is amazing that the people discovered a new species of octupuses. I wish I could see one in real life. But in the picture of the article the octupuses tentacles are like star shaped. I really want to see one. And it is true that it is light colored.

  • jeysong-612-
    4/22/2016 - 08:36 a.m.

    "It's unusual to find an octopus without fins so deep in the ocean, said Vecchione. He noted that the previous depths at which an octopus without fins was found were less than 4,000 meters. That is about 2.5 miles. 4/22/16

  • brookeb-612-
    4/24/2016 - 01:52 p.m.

    This octopus was not discovered before, because it was found at about 2.5 miles below the ocean, where humans can not swim to. At this depth, they had to use a remote operated vehicle.

  • dylanj-kut
    4/24/2016 - 10:10 p.m.

    I believe this octopus was not discovered before because it was found so deep underwater. In the text they states that it is rare to find an octopus without fins so deep in the water. So even if they HAVE seen it before, scientists could've thought it was another animal. This also shows that there is so much more to discover in the world and we're still developing and finding new things.

  • rasheeda-
    4/25/2016 - 10:08 a.m.

    It was hard to find because there are not that many octopus that are not so deep most octopus are much deeper.

  • sean1116-byo
    4/25/2016 - 09:54 p.m.

    This article was a lot fun reading. It's super cool to find new species of marine animals. This new animal is very interesting. It was very much alike a ghost just like Casper. Many new animals can be found in the ocean because it is very easy for new organisms to start forming.I think this octopus wasn't notice because how deep it was and its ghost-like appearance.

  • jocelync-612-
    4/26/2016 - 09:08 a.m.

    This octopus was not discovered before because it is way too deep in the ocean. This octopus was 2.5 miles deep.

  • katelynw-was
    4/26/2016 - 11:19 a.m.

    The octopus was not discovered before bacause we now have the high tech things to help us find new species in the ocean. The device was a remotely operated vehicle from NOAA's Okeanos Explorer. The octopus was found 2.5 miles deep and no person could go that far down into the ocean.

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