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 while searching 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, said 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 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, or 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 (5)
  • alexm-ver
    4/29/2016 - 04:05 p.m.

    That octopus is cute.

  • mirakler-orv
    5/01/2016 - 09:53 p.m.

    maybe? the scientists never went that far in the ocean before and the octopus is a new species that was always hiding deep deep in the ocean.

  • xavierw-bla
    9/15/2016 - 12:08 p.m.

    I think the Octopus wasn't discovered before because the octopus is a very light color that makes it look like a ghostlike thing because its colors are so faded.

  • emilyb2-bur
    1/11/2017 - 06:33 p.m.

    The octopus was not yet discovered because they have never thought to find an octopus with no fins so deep in the ocean . The fact that they were comparing it to a ghost like meant that it also couldn't really be seen but was there. It also states that the colors were faded meaning that it made it harder to even see the octopus that deep into the ocean. As a personal thought I think that octopuses are not yet discovered because they are so different from others that it makes it hard to think that you would find an octopus specie just one day there so deep in the ocean where they haven't been found in , especially in this case since it didn't have fins

  • mariano-
    2/22/2017 - 08:42 a.m.

    The octopus has a ghost like image which may have made hared for people to see. from a distance if they do manage to see it, they may believe that it's just like any other octopus. However, when they did get close and actually see the species they realized that it was a new species.

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