Liv Francis-Pape reports on Newcastle University's breakthough 3D printing of corneas.Written by Liv Francis-Pape on 18th June 2018
Creature Feature: The Casper Octopus
The NOAA have discovered a ghostly new species of octopus, Ellen Daugherty reports.
Scientists at US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have discovered a previously unseen species of octopus, whilst exploring an unknown area of ocean around the Hawaiian islands. The strange little octopod was found at 4290 m underwater, and this is was unusual because an octopus of this kind has never been seen before at such depths.
The octopus lacks any type of fin, which is usually seen in species living in these depths, so divers were extremely surprised when they stumbled across it. Whilst filming, a scientist on site said they had ‘never seen anything like this before’.
“Its ghostly white colouring has excited the internet, and many have compared the octopus to Casper the Friendly Ghost...
All of these unique traits have led to scientists believing that this in fact a new species of cephalopod molluscs. This wouldn't be unusual, as we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the surface of our own oceans… which is why so many our Creature Features are based around the weird and wonderful creatures found in the depths of the sea.