New octopus species discovered

What could it exactly hunt with the short tentacles, and how does it avoid predators with its bright white color on the ocean floor.
By Ian Marsh | Mar 22, 2016
Scientists believe that the deep blue sea has much more undiscovered. This was evident as scientists found out about a little octopod creature at a depth of around 4500 meters below sea level. The creature was small and pale lacking the pigment coloration in most octopuses. Social media even suggested that it be named Casper the friendly ghost from the early 1900s cartoon series.

Michael Vecchione from National Marine Fisheries Service noticed that this may be an ancient species that may have just been well hidden. He noted that instead of the tentacles having a pair of suckers it had just a single trail. The short limbs and single suckers show that the creature is not very active. The question of what it feeds on is then quickly brought up. What could it exactly hunt with the short tentacles, and how does it avoid predators with its bright white color on the ocean floor.

"A distinctive characteristic was that the suckers were in one, rather than two, series on each arm. This animal is especially unusual because it lacked the pigment cells, called chromatophores. Typical of most cephalopods, and it did not seem very muscular, " Said Michael Vecchione. "This resulted in a ghost-like 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 and may not belong to any described genus."

The octopus was found in the waters of Hawaii. It had short tentacles and was gliding on the surface of the ocean floor when a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) took a video of it. ROVs are small unmanned robots that patrol remote or inhabited sea places.

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