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WATCH: Ghost-like umbrella octopus dances around deep sea camera

/ 06:54 PM October 31, 2018

Image: Screengrab from YouTube/Ocean Exploration Trust/NOAA via Storyful

The crew aboard the Ocean Exploration Trust’s E/V (exploration vehicle) Nautilus spotted a cirrate octopod, Grimpoteuthis, commonly known as umbrella or dumbo octopus, gliding by the deep-sea camera in the depths of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California, United States on Oct. 23.

The creature was spotted during the first dive of the E/V Nautilus expedition to explore Davidson Seamount in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The video of the umbrella octopus was uploaded on YouTube on the same day.

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“At first the ghostly octopod drifted past the camera on remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Hercules flapping its pair of wing-like fins, then it inverted its web, spreading it like an umbrella to reveal the eight arms each with a single series of suckers and two series of finger-like muscular structures called cirri (hence the name cirrate octopod),” the Ocean Exploration Trust stated.

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The commentary heard in this footage is from the research team aboard the Nautilus, comprised of scientists, ROV pilots, a navigator, a data logger, a video engineer and a science communicator.

“This first dive explored a completely unexplored rocky outcropping to the southeast of the seamount, a region known as an oasis in the deep with vast coral and sponge fields,” the Trust said. KM

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