A NOAA exploration in the Hawaiin Archipelago earlier this year found a ghost-like octopod hanging out 4,290 meters below the ocean’s surface.
It was the first operational dive of the Okeanos Explorer’s 2016 season and researchers said the octopod is unlike any in published records and was found deeper than any type of cephalopod known to man.
Technically, the little guy is an incirrate octopod, characterized by a lack of fins. He’s also super cute.
According to a NOAA press release:
This animal was particularly unusual because it lacked the pigment cells, called chromatophores, typical of most cephalopods, and it did not seem very muscular. 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 and may not belong to any described genus.