Biologists have found the deepest octopus in the world

Scientists have found an octopus in the Indian Ocean at a depth of 6, 957 meters, and this is the largest recorded depth for cephalopods so far.

Marine biologist Alan Jamieson, on his expedition to the depths of the Indian Ocean in April 2019, was unable to see the octopus from the bathyscaphe. Therefore, I was amazed when I returned to the surface and saw footage from separately launched cameras. The photo showed the octopus Dumbo with fins above the eyes that looked like ears. Prior to this, the maximum recorded depth of their habitat was 5145 meters according to the results of the expedition, which discovered them 50 years ago off the coast of Barbados.

The discovery of the Dumbo octopus at new depths is amazing in itself and expands their potential range to 99 percent of the seabed. But since biologists have discovered this octopus at greater depths and in the Indian Ocean - most likely, we are dealing with a completely new species. But to determine this precisely, it is necessary to catch its living representative - and this is very difficult to do. This requires special equipment, since creatures living at such a depth are absolutely not adapted to the lower pressure on the surface.