HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Marine scientists this week announced the discovery of what appears to be a never-before-seen species of octopus in Hawaiian waters.
The pinkish, jelly-looking octopus looks like it's glowing in video released by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on March 2. In the video, the octopus is clearly seen moving along the ocean floor as marine scientists observe in wonder.
"That animal is not in the HURL guide ... In the words of Taylor (Swift) I have never, like ever, seen that one," a crew member jokes.
NOAA says the discovery was made during the first operational dive of Okeanos Explorer's 2016 season, on February 27. The crew was exploring depths of more than 4,000 meters northeast of Necker Island (Mokumanamana) in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, but the goal of this mission was not to discover marine life. Instead, the crew was collecting geological samples.
The underwater crew says they stumbled upon the "remarkable little octopod" sitting on a flat rock.
After posting images of their discovery on social media, many said it should be called "Casper" like the friendly cartoon ghost. The creature currently does not have an official name.
"It is almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any described genus," said Michael Vecchione with the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service - National Systematics Laboratory.
The group is now planning to put this observation into a manuscript for publication as scientific literature. Click here to read more from NOAA.