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'Glass octopus' sighted by marine scientists in Pacific Ocean

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The glass octopus is almost copletely translucent besides its optic nerve, eyeballs, and digestive tract. (Schmidt Ocean Institute) An almost completely transparent "glass octopus" was sighted in the middle of the Pacific Ocean in June by marine scientists on the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor.The rarely observed cephalopod is relatively small, measuring up to just 18 inches long, including its tentacles, with a mantle length of 4.3 inches.It was sighted on June 26 nearly half a mile deep around a reef complex in the Phoenix Islands Archipelago, which is located in the central Pacific Ocean. "Live-streaming the dives gives us a glimpse of rarely seen and fascinating creatures such as the transparent glass octopus," Dr..

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