Ghost octopus found

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An underwater research craft has spotted a “ghostlike” octopus at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.


The milky white creature was caught on cameras mounted on the craft as it explored at a depth of 4290 metres.

Describing the animal as an incirrate octopod, one of two main groupings of octopods, ScientistsΒ said it was the first time an incirrate was spotted so deep in the ocean.


Its appearance led some social mediaΒ users to say it resembled the cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Last week’s discovery came during the first dive of the 2016 season from the Okeanos Explorer, a ship that explores little-known parts of the oceans.

They came across the octopod near Necker Island, or Mokumanamana, on the northwestern end of the Hawaiian Archipelago.

Ghost Octopus Discovered


36 Responses

  1. Hi, does the ghost octopus glow in the dark? What makes the octopus so ghost like? Have you given it a name? suggestions: Ghostsopus Squashy
    From C5 aliens.

  2. This is so interesting it’s great to see that someone has discovered another type of species of Octapus.

  3. pretty cool πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. OMG so awesome!!! I understand why some people think he looks like he’s got a resemblance to Casper the friendly ghost!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :p xD :3

  5. I don’t think it is a ghostlike octopus. It might be just white . But it was coooooooooooooooooooool
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  6. Scientifically it is a normal octopus that can change colour ???it is a Octopus otherwise ? Will run 2 ?????? And back to nz ?

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