CASPER THE FRIENDLY OCTOPOD
Scientists claim they have discovered a “Ghost-like” octopod in the depths of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii.
The octopod has been nicknamed Casper after the cartoon ghost, as it is almost see-through and has a ghost-like appearance. Casper is almost certainly a new species. He was found at a depth of about 2.5 miles (4Km) off the Shore of Necker Island. The octopod lacked pigment cells giving it a lightly coloured appearance.
“It is almost certainly an undescribed species,” Michael Vecchione of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said, calling it a “remarkable little octopod”.
Deep-sea octopods fall into two categories – cirrate, or ‘Dumbo’, octopods with fins and octopods without fins. Caspar is one of the deepest sea octopods ever found.