Video shows creature in Pacific Ocean near Hawaii
Exploring the depths of the Pacific Ocean
Deep sea explorers off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands recently had a remarkable encounter. They stumbled upon a rare Dumbo octopus swimming nearly a mile deep underwater. This unique creature was spotted on an unnamed seamount in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, just northwest of Hawaii. The amazing video footage was captured by the Ocean Exploration Trust and NOAA.
Unraveling the mysteries of the deep sea
Scientists are conducting research urgently needed to address local management and science needs in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. One of their key focuses is gaining a better understanding of the deep-sea natural resources and the distribution patterns of species in the area. The discovery of the Dumbo octopus provides valuable insights into the biodiversity of the region and the extreme depths at which these fascinating creatures live.
The remarkable Dumbo octopus
Dumbo octopuses are known for their ability to survive in the deepest parts of the ocean. They can withstand depths of up to 13,000 feet below the surface. These octopuses are named after the Disney character Dumbo due to the two large fins on their mantle that resemble ears. Their diet consists of snails, worms, and other organisms that inhabit the ocean floor.
This recent sighting of a Dumbo octopus serves as a reminder of the incredible diversity and adaptability of marine life. It also highlights the importance of exploring and protecting our oceans to ensure the preservation of these unique and fascinating creatures.