An octopus was photographed on the Indian Ocean bed, seven thousand meters (4.3 miles) deep. It’s a new record.
The discovery of an octopus 7 thousand meters deep, 6,957 meters more precisely, was reported by a team of researchers in the journal Marine Biology. In the article, scientists explain the name that was chosen for the octopus observed in the depths of the Indian Ocean.
The animal is called “Dumbo” because of its ear-shaped fins that resemble the famous Disney elephant character. The strange marine creature (Grimpoteuthis) was observed twice in the Java Trench, in the Indian Ocean, at 5,760 and 6,957 meters deep.
Scientists dived into the deepest places of the sea for a year and a half and made this discovery in April. Alan Jamieson, a marine ecologist, told CNN that the team was very surprised by the appearance of Dumbo: after 100 dives, researchers on The Five Deeps expedition already had an idea of the animals that live in the deepest waters, but were not waiting to see the octopus.
“As usual, we filmed much of the same stuff, but then suddenly in the middle of a dive about close to 6,000 meters this Dumbo octopus just flies by the camera,” he said. After the first appearance, the scientists went back to diving, but this time, a little deeper – at 7 thousand meters (4.3 miles).
Alan Jamieson was a pioneer in exploring the depths of the oceans using special equipment called lander. The equipment is launched into the sea by research ships, stay on the ocean floor and record what is going on there.
The scientist believes this discovery could change the perception of people who think that the seabed is populated by strange and frightening creatures.