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Photos: Deep-Sea Expedition Discovers Metropolis of Octopuses

A ghostly friend

Octopus plethora nautilus expedition

(Image credit: Ocean Exploration Trust/NOAA)

The Nautilus' ROV Hercules also captured video of this graceful dumbo octopus (Grimpoteuthis sp.). [Watch the video of the ghostly dumbo octopus. ]

Umbrella of tentacles

Octopus plethora nautilus expedition

(Image credit: Ocean Exploration Trust/NOAA)

The graceful dumbo octopus twirled and opened up its umbrella of tentacles, revealing eight rows of suckers.

Graceful glider

Octopus plethora nautilus expedition

(Image credit: Ocean Exploration Trust/NOAA)

The team used scaling lasers on the ROV to estimate that this particular deep-sea ghost was just under 2 feet (60 cm) long, which is a little larger than most dumbo octopuses.