Observations of the animal using lander machines about 4.3 miles away in the Indian Ocean – an autonomous camera system that sinks to the bottom of the ocean after being released from a ship – are thought to be the deepest octopus sightings ever captured.
Researchers believe the animal could possibly be a new species called Grimpotutis or “Dumbo Octopus”, a species of deep-sea umbrella octopus for its wings, similar to Disney’s cartoon elephant’s ear.
For a year and a half, scientists visited the deepest places in the world as part of the Five Dips expedition.
Marine ecologist Alan Jamison, who led the team, told CNN that after completing more than 100 divers, the team had an idea of what kind of wildlife they would observe in the ocean bed, including fish and crustaceans – but they were shocked when they spotted the octopus. .
During the dive last April, he said, “As usual we filmed most of the same thing, but then all of a sudden this camera just flew into the camera at about 6,000 meters in the middle of a dive.”
“Two days later, we’re doing it a little deeper at 7,000 meters and the camera is only under the sea for four minutes. And this thing just came out of the darkness, which just crawled up to the cameras – another dumbo octopus,” the deep-sea search agency said. Armitas Oceanic CEO Jamieson told CNN.
Jamieson said the new depth extends the octopus’ deeply reliable record, giving us insight into what creatures rise to the bottom of our oceans.
“It shows that making with large animals is still surprising. Often you hear of new species and these become tiny insects and small crustaceans,” he added: “This is a great big octopus.”
Jamison told CNN that he hoped the discovery would challenge people’s perceptions of deep-sea creatures, often considered scary and strange monsters.
“I like the fact that it challenges the idea of humans looking like deep-sea creatures,” he said.
“It’s just a little octopus that octopuses do. There’s nothing surprising about it, so hopefully people can feel more attached to really deep water in the face of the scary, horrible, bizarre environment,” he said.