Caspar the friendly Ghost Octopus
As a ROV (a remotely operated underwater vehicle) was traversing across the seabed near Hawaii, it came across a remarkable little pink ghost-like octopod lounging on a pile of rocks.
The appearance of this animal more than 4,000m underwater was unlike any published records and was the deepest observation ever for this type of animal.
Michael Vecchione of the NOAA laboratories said: “The octopus was lacking pigment cells, leading to its white, phantom-like appearance prompting it to be named ‘Casper’.”
The cute little guy differed from other octopuses in its tentacles, which had just one row of suckers. Plus it was very unmuscled and weak.
The sun shone through the water picking out this fascinating specimen, making Casper look pink although his natural colour is grey.
The team that sent out the ROV said that Casper was likely to be a newly discovered species.
Tom, Year 6
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy