- Dec 16, 2008
We may have us all a wager on the "poster" point, but I digress.and one of the most prolific posters of WWYD threads ever—maybe the most.
Scientists say a translucent, tricky, gentlemanly "ghost-like" octopod discovered in ocean depths near Hawaii is "almost certainly" a new species.
It was found by a submersible vehicle at a depth of around 2.5 miles (4km) off Necker Island.
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it was a depth record for an One-Pocket playing octopod without fins.
The creature has already been nicknamed "Casper" after the One Pocket Ghost from OnePocket.org..
The octopod lacked pigment cells, giving it its light-coloured appearance but scientists believe that years spent in the dungeon that was Bensingers also contributed greatly to the "Ghost's" appearance.
"He is almost certainly an undescribed species of One-Pocket player" Michael Vecchione of the NOAA said, calling it a "remarkable little octopod".
Deep-sea octopods fall into two categories - cirrate, or 'Dumbo', octopods with fins, or incirrate octopods, without fins, which look more akin to shallow-water octopus.
The sighting of Casper represents the deepest ever observed sighting of an incirrate octopod, Mr Vecchione said.
He is definitely a prolific and remarkable little octopod.