Octopod

THIS ADORABLE OCTOPOD LOOKS LIKE A REAL LIFE EMOJI

The new octopod, discovered by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s Okeanos Pod, is a whole different breed of cute. It’s the first time the octopod’s been documented in the wild, and NOAA describes it as “ghostlike.” Thanks “ghostlike octopod” for reminding us that emoji really do represent real objects. Keep being your cute self.

What lives in the deep ocean around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands?

Over the past few weeks, researchers aboard the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer have been using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to dive thousands of meters beneath the surface of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Here’s some of what they’ve spotted:

Check out our video and the Okeanos Explorer website to see more:

Everyone is Talking About Casper…

A potential new species of octopod discovered during the first Okeanos dive in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument last week!

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research team found this friendly looking octopod at a depth of more than 2.5 miles on the northeast side of Necker Island, its pale and ghostly figure resembling the cartoon ghost Casper in the deep.

Unlike most described species of octopods, this one is equipped with only a single row of suckers down each arm, in contrast to the two rows most octopods have. Even more intriguing is that most deep sea octopods possess fins that help them navigate in the depths, but it seems that this one does not!

Learn more about this potential new species:

http://go.usa.gov/cfPJk

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

(via: NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries)

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What the vampire squid really eats  

For years marine biologists have puzzled over what the mysterious vampire squid eats. Recent research by Henk-Jan Hoving and Bruce Robison at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute finally reveals the answer.

These deep-sea creatures use long, retractile filaments to passively harvest particles and aggregates of detritus, or marine snow, sinking from the waters above.

This feeding strategy, unknown in any other cephalopod (this group of animals includes squid and octopods), allows vampire squid to thrive in the oxygen minimum zone where there are few predators but marine detritus is abundant.

Bioluminescence footage courtesy of NHK, Japan.

For more information read here.

(via: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

Everyone is talking about Casper the friendly octopod – a potential new species of octopod discovered during the first Okeanos dive in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument last week!

The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research team found this friendly looking octopod at a depth of more than 2.5 miles on the northeast side of Necker Island, its pale and ghostly figure resembling the cartoon ghost Casper in the deep. Unlike most described species of octopods, this one is equipped with only a single row of suckers down each arm, in contrast to the two rows most octopods have. Even more intriguing is that most deep sea octopods possess fins that help them navigate in the depths, but it seems that this one does not!

Learn more about this potential new species here.

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

Decided to spread some octopod knowledge because I think some people were confused. 

So… Right here, doodled a lady octopus with her eggs she’s taking very good care of. After the male and female mate, they both die soon after the eggs hatch. The male doesn’t seem to stick around but the female finds a cave or den like place to lay her eggs, somewhere safe from predators. She then spends the remainder of her life caring for the eggs. She won’t leave the den, constantly cleaning and aerating the eggs till they successfully hatch. Due to her forceful starvation in caring for her offspring, she then dies, leaving the young to fend for themselves in the big ole ocean. 

It’s the females as far as I’ve studied that stay and care for the eggs. I’m more than sure and certain of these facts but if anyone wants to shed some light on this that would be grand!