A pale octopus stood just in the dark sea when it drove to an exploration vessel underwater remote controlled vehicle…
A pale octopus stood just in the dark sea when it drove to an exploration vessel underwater remote controlled vehicle (ROV) called Hercules.
The incredible video captured by the seemingly friendly, little eight-legged ghost, sparkled joy and wonder from the team behind the camera on E / V Nautilus, which immediately identified the animal as a rare dumbo octopus ( Grimpoteuthis ] sp .).
“Oh, and the world loves a dumbo,” one of the team members said on October 23 when the video was captured. [Gallery: Cutest Creatures from Deep Sea Canyons]
The enchanting creature quietly popped its two big fins as it was crossed slowly through the darkness. After a few seconds, the octopus opened his tentacles in an elegant screen and revealed his umbrella with the legs with eight lines sucking.
“Yes, he’s a show-off,” said a team member. “You’ll be famous,” said another. Both were true statements, of course, for who can resist such a charming octopus?
The mild dumbo octopus, also known as an umbrella octopus, is named after its ephemeral fins that resemble the Disney character Dumbo’s oversized elephant ear. There are 1
3 species of dumbo octopus, and most live in depth below 9,800 meters. They are one of the rare species of octopus, so get a glimpse as this is quite extraordinary.
The team used scaling scales on ROV to estimate that this particular deep-sea ghost was barely 2 feet (60 centimeters) long, which is a bit larger than most dumbo octopuses.
The research vessel Nautilus is funded and operated by Ocean Exploration Trust, an ideal organization founded in 2008 by Robert Ballard. An ocean explorer and National Geographic explorer in residence, Ballard is most famous for finding the sunken remains of RMS Titanic.
The objective of E / V Nautilus is purely for carrying out a scientific investigation of the seabed. The group is now in its fourth year with marine exploration.
In recent weeks, Nautilus has worked with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to explore an inactive volcanic mountain range, called Davidson Seamount. The area is approximately 80 miles (129 kilometers) southwest of Monterey, California, and has been called “Deep Oasis”, as it hosts a wide variety of deep sea shells, fungi and many other invertebrates. But a few places in the region remain untaxed, and this was where Nautilus sent their ROV.
Just a few days after becoming the graceful dumbo octopus, Hercules came across a massive octopus, where more than a thousand deep
Find amazing photos and videos of octapalooza on Davidson Seamount on the Nautilus Live web site.
Originally published on Live Science .