Casper - Gunes Mericer
New species of octopus found near the Hawaiian Islands
This small, white octopus was found on the Pacific Ocean floor near the Hawaiian Islands, and it is almost certain that this octopus is a new species, and may even be a completely new genus as well. On February the 27th, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Okeanos Explorer team was analyzing the ocean floor when it stumbled across this unknown creature, hanging out by itself on a flat piece of rock. Its ghostlike appearance led people to refer to it as "Casper the friendly ghost".
Something remarkable about this octopus is that it is an incirrate octopod, meaning that it does not have fins, despite the fact it lives more than 4,000 meters (14,000 feet) deep in the ocean. It also has one row of tentacles rather than two on each arm. Its lack of chromatophores, which are pigment cells that aid octopi in camouflage, accounts for the octopod's pale color.
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