NEW Octopus Species: 2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters
Published on Mar 3, 2016
During the first dive of the Okeanos Explorer 2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaii expedition to explore on the northeast side of Necker Island, the Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle encountered this octopus, which confused several of our shore based scientists who have never seen anything like it. Upon further review, this ghostlike octopod is almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any yet-described genus. Learn more: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos… Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters. Source: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos…
I simply adore new species. It really sends a thrill up my spine.
Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013: Rhinochimera
Published on Sep 4, 2013
A Rhinochimera (Harriotta sp.) swims 10 meters above the seafloor in Hydrographer Canyon during Dive 05, July 13, of the Okeanos Explorer Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition 2013. Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Northeast U.S. Canyons 2013. Source: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos…
Pointy lil guy…
Jellyfish: 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas
Published on Apr 25, 2016
This stunningly beautiful jelly was seen during Dive 4 of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition on April 24, 2016, while exploring the informally named “Enigma Seamount” at a depth of ~3,700 meters. Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. Note the two sets of tentacles — short and long. At the beginning of the video, you’ll see that the long tentacles are even and extended outward and the bell is motionless. This suggests an ambush predation mode. Within the bell, the radial canals in red are connecting points for what looks like the gonads in bright yellow. Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas. Learn more about the expedition here: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos…
This beautiful creature is also a NEW Species. Those yellow blobs are thought to be it’s nads!
Shy Octopus Hides Inside Its Own Tentacles | Nautilus Live
Published on Aug 23, 2015
While diving off the central California coast, the team of E/V Nautilus encountered this Flapjack Octopus (named for its ear flaps) lingering on the sea floor. E/V Nautilus is exploring the ocean studying biology, geology, archeology, and more. Watch http://www.nautiluslive.org for live video from the ocean floor. For live dive updates follow along on social media at http://www.facebook.com/nautiluslive and http://www.twitter.com/evnautilus on Twitter. For more photos from our dives, check out our Instagram @nautiluslive.
Brutal Brittle Stars
Published on May 23, 2017
On May 5, 2017, while exploring a ridge off the southeast side of Jarvis Island, the Okeanos Explorer team observed a group of brittle stars (ophiuroids) capture and eat a squid (Abralia sp.) that was swimming by. Participating scientists were shocked to see this behavior from brittle stars, who were generally thought to be scavengers, not predators. This observation helps us understand more about the connection between the water column and the seafloor in this region. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin. Learn more about the Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin expedition here: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos… Video source: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos…
Don’tcha love never before seen behavior?!
Awe inspiring stuff.
We have explored so little of the ocean, that it is by far more alien to our knowledge than Mars and Saturn.