Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor transported a team of marine scientists to the remote Phoenix Islands Archipelago. During the 34-day expedition that ended today, they photographed a glass octopus while conducting a high-resolution seafloor mapping of more than 30,000 square kilometers.
Not something you see everyday, this glass octopus species is almost completely translucent, as the only visible features are its optic nerve, eyeballs and digestive tract. In previous expeditions, limited live footage was captured of the glass octopus, forcing scientists to learn about the animal by studying specimens found in the gut contents of predators.
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The ocean holds wonders and promises we haven’t even imagined, much less discovered. Expeditions like these teach us why we need to increase our efforts to restore and better understand marine ecosystems everywhere–because the great chain of life that begins in the ocean is critical for human health and well being,” said Wendy Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Ocean Institute.