The deep-sea octopus has puzzled scientists

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The deep-sea octopus has puzzled scientists

this octopus even have ears!

Over the past 100 years of observations of the oceans, researchers are sometimes able to detect at great depth not only fish, but octopus. It was believed that cephalopods can swim to depths of up to 3,000 meters, but in 1971, in the vicinity of the island of Barbados was photographed octopus who lived at a depth of 5145 meters! Then it seemed something incredible, and since then scientists have not been able to capture these invertebrates are even lower. They came to the conclusion that the octopus can't climb the depth below 6 000 metres. However, the new discovery expedition "Five deep" questioned this statement: the researchers were able to take a picture of the octopus at a depth of about 7000 meters.

The deep-sea octopus

The Find was made during the expedition, which took place in 2019. She was devoted to investigation of the deepest places in the five oceans. While diving in the Sunda trench of the Indian ocean, with maximum depths exceeding 7 000 feet, and found an unusual cephalopods. Yes, the octopus would not have one — it was two individuals who got into the camera lens twice. Discovered invertebrates belong to the genus Grimpoteuthis; they are also called "Dumbo octopus", the fins on the sides of their robes resemble the ears of the elephant from the cartoon. In this case, if the first octopus hit the lens at a depth of about 5 800 metres, that too much, the latter got much deeper — 6 957 meters.

Octopus at a depth of 5145 meters, 1971

Despite the fact that octopus this species belongs to the deep sea, scientists used to think that these creatures can swim so deep. The length of the first found octopus was 43 cm, and the second — 35 centimeters, that is at a greater depth that is less swollen. Shellfish almost no attention neither on the camera nor on the bait which was placed by the researchers.

Octopus at a depth of nearly 7,000 meters deep-water fish

This discovery greatly puzzled scientists, because new observations are expanding the habitat of the octopus as much as 2 000 meters deep. Perhaps, the researchers encountered an unusual population of these invertebrates and this "single action", but there is every reason to assume that the octopus is encountered at those depths worldwide. And, maybe even deeper. In this case, the octopus can have access to almost 99% of all marine bottom.

Most deep sea creatures

In the future, scientists intend to continue research the deepest places in the oceans of the world to find other amazing organisms. The greatest interest, of course — it is the deepest part of the oceans for many years, dominates the minds of researchers. There was a time when from the bottom of the depression began to be heard strange sounds, which were recorded from the surface of the ocean. Scholars and readers have suggested that this could be a monster unknown to science species. Ufologists have assumed that underwater alien craft. In the end, it turned out that such sounds can publish baleen whales. While there is in theory, and one a little off: usually the whales reproduce such sounds only in winter, during mating, and the signals recorded throughout the year. So maybe the Mariana trench will be presented in the future a couple of surprises.

Many researchers have in recent years tried to "domesticate" octopus and begin to grow them on farms as fish, crabs and other inhabitants of seas and oceans. In many countries of the world conduct experiments in genetic modifications of cephalopods, however, this may lead to certain environmental consequences.

The fact that octopuses are distinguished from other living beings on our planet with its unique intelligence and skills to solve complex problems. They not only possess people, but even to fall into anxiety and depression, which is not true of most aquatic life. Therefore, to catch an octopus is not easy. Can think about that next time you order octopus in a restaurant somewhere in the seaside resort, because these mollusks are a delicacy in many countries around the world.

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