An Unidentified (and Adorable) Octopus Was Discovered on the Ocean Floor

Michele Debczak

Researchers in charge of NOAA's Okeanos Explorer got a memorable surprise when they spotted an unidentified octopod hanging out on the seabed, Popular Science reports.

The remote-controlled vessel was exploring the ocean floor off the coast of Hawaii's Necker Island last month when it captured footage of this unusual organism 4290 meters below the surface. Scientists believe it's a member of the incirrate octopod suborder (the one we most commonly associate with octopuses), which are usually found no deeper than 3500 meters or so. This would make the unidentified octopus the first of its kind to be found at such great depths. NOAA writes that it's "almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any described genus."

The creature's odd appearance is also unique among octopods for its lack of pigment. According to NOAA, its translucent skin inspired suggestions on social media to name the sea creature "Casper." You can check out the adorable critter, and the scientists's reactions to it, in the video above.

Header/banner image courtesy of New Scientist via YouTube.

[h/t Popular Science]