Lonely Planet Writer

Casper the friendly octopus discovered off the coast of Hawaii

A new species of octopus has been found off the coast of Hawaii and it’s being dubbed ‘Casper the octopus’.

The octopus was found off the North Coast of Hawaii about 2.5 miles deep near Necker Island. It has been named Casper due to its unusually pale ghost-like appearance. It’s luminously white and is the first unfinned octopus to have been spotted so deep in the ocean. The team of scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who found the octopus, are hailing its discovery as evidence of how little we know about the deep ocean.

Casper the octopus
Casper the octopus Image by Youtube

Michael Vecchione of NOAA posted on its website saying the octopus didn’t appear to be muscular and that it was very pale. “This resulted in a ghostlike appearance, leading to a comment on social media that it should be called Casper, like the friendly cartoon ghost. It is almost certainly an undescribed species …, ” he wrote.

Casper so far is thought to have broken a depth record for octopi.

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