In the area of ​​the Neckar Iceland in Hawaii, the team of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer yet. 4200 Feet down a really cute, small octopus found. So far, the animal was completely unknown and was first seen and described and can be seen in Video hear the enthusiasm of scientists.

Deep-sea octopods are easily separated into two distinct groups: (1) the cirrate, or finned, octopods (also known as “dumbo” octopods), characterized by fins on the sides of their Bodies and fingerlike cirri associated with the suckers on their arms and (2) incirrate octopods, which lack both fins and cirri and are similar in appearance to common shallow-water Octopus.The octopod imaged in detail on this first dive was a member of the second group, the incirrates. A distinctive characteristic was that the suckers were in one, rather than two, series on each arm. This animal was particularly unusual Because it lacked the pigment cells, called chromatophores, typical of most cephalopods, and it did not seem very muscular. 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 and may not belong to any described genus.

Whether the ghostly and yet somehow cute appearance they were quite quick to agree, that he Casper, wie der freundliche GEIST, to say. If you then appointed him again exactly, he gets even a scientific name – but Casper is already very, very fitting…

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