A New Sea Species Was Discovered, And It's Pretty Damn Cute
A group of scientists discovered a new species during a deep-sea dive in the Hawaiian Archipelago. It’s not the giant squid monstrosity we all secretly want to be real, but it is something a lot smaller and daintier. On an explorer mission with the Deep Discoverer, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), a peculiar octopus-like animal emerged. Scientists on site confirmed that it didn’t look like any eight-legged friend they had seen before.
This lil’ baby octopus stands out for its ghost-like pigment and single row of tentacles, rather than two. It also looks more blobby than muscular, which is what probably gives it that so-cute-I-want-to-die look. It’s kind of like the oceanic equivalent of a baby panda.
This mystery critter was discovered over 4,290 meters under the sea. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “the appearance of this animal was unlike any published records and was the deepest observation ever for this type of cephalopod.” People on social media are calling the newly discovered animal Casper the Friendly Ghost, because of its obviously adorable and semi-translucent appearance. Here’s hoping it doesn’t die in a tragic sledding accident.
Personally, I think this sea creature is too cute to trust. Take caution!
Photo courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research