Researchers Capture Rare Photographs Of Translucent Octopus

Researchers with Schmidt Ocean Institute captured never-before-seen footage of a rare, “glass” octopus.

The depths of the ocean are hardly explored. There’s so much to learn and research still, and advancing technology is making it easier than ever to do so.

As more deep-sea research is performed, more species are being discovered or confirmed – including a translucent, glass octopus (scientifically known as Vitreledonella richardi).

Photo: YouTube/Schmidt Ocean
Photo: YouTube/Schmidt Ocean

The translucent octopus had allegedly been spotted a few times before, but this is the first time it’s ever been photographed.

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The footage was captured during a deep-sea expedition off the Southern half of the Phoenix Islands Archipelago, according to a post released by the institute. They used specialized equipment designed for deep-sea photography and research.

Photo: Pixabay/Vicki Hamilton

The goal of the expedition was to explore “never before seen deep-sea ecosystems” of that area.

Not only did they discover and photograph the incredible octopus, but they also “discovered several new ocean species, mapped 10 underwater mountains for the first time, and collected thousands of deep-sea bacteria never encountered before,” according to Boston University.

Photo: YouTube/Schmidt Ocean
Photo: YouTube/Schmidt Ocean

Schmidt Ocean Institue shared a video of the glass octopus on YouTube, along with several of their other incredible discoveries.

Watch the video below to see more:

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