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LifestyleWatch: Scientists capture a rare ‘glass octopus’ in central Pacific ocean

Watch: Scientists capture a rare ‘glass octopus’ in central Pacific ocean

Published: 16th Jul 2021 3:14 pm

Have you ever wondered if there’s a being that is close to invisible? No, it’s not the omnipresent God! It is this rare ‘glass octopus’, a stunning nearly transparent marine organism that uses its transparent texture to minimise shadows and hide from predators.

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Called the ‘glass octopus’, as a person can see through the species like a glass, the photos of this unusual creature are going viral in several social media platforms now.


Deep sea scientists captured this incredibly rare and eerie-looking ‘glass octopus’ during a recent expedition in the central Pacific Ocean. The creature was seen 651m deep at a seamount in Winslow reef complex on Tokelau Ridge in Phoenix Islands Archipelago. The discovery was made after scientists spent around 34 days aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute research vessel.

The team carried out high-resolution seafloor mapping of more than 30,000 km. They also carried out a camera exploration of five additional seamounts.

Giving details of the finding, the Schmidt Ocean Institute that recorded nearly 20 minutes of footage, shared a video along with a long caption describing the ‘glass octopus’. “… The only visible features of the octopus are its optic nerve, eyeballs, and digestive tract (the silvery piece in the middle). All of these organs are oriented to minimise casting shadows from below, to keep the animal hidden from predators,” the caption along with the video read.


According to reports, the study is believed to be “the most comprehensive study of deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems in this part of the world”.

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