Scientists discover ghostlike octopod during deep sea dive

Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016.

Scientists discovered a possible new species of octopus on a deep sea dive near Hawaii last week.

Divers found the creature sitting on a flat rock more than 14,000 feet below the ocean's surface.

Scientists say it doesn't have pigments cells and therefore they appropriately gave it the name Casper. The octopod also has all of its suckers in one row on each arm rather than the typical two rows.

The original purpose of the dive was to try to collect rock samples. Divers say discovering a new species along the way was an added bonus.

The team said it will look into publishing the new finding in a scientific journal.

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