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WATCH: Rare footage of transparent ‘glass’ octopus captured by ocean scientists

Glass Octopus — a stunning nearly transparent marine organism that uses its transparent texture to minimise shadows and hide from predators.

However, these wonderful creatures, despite being abundant, are rare to spot.

Now, ocean researchers at Schmidt Ocean Institute have well captured this ocean beauty on camera for an extended period of 22 minutes.




A video of it shared on social media showed a nearly transparent glass octopus floating in the Pacific Ocean.

The only visible features of the octopus are its digestive tract, optic nerve and eyeballs, which can be seen in the video.



The silvery cylinder-like structure inside the mantle of the mollusc is its digestive tract.

The marine animal keeps its digestive tract in a way that it produces the least or no amount of shadow, to be completely invisible to the predators around or below the octopus.

The video was captured using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) named SuBastian that was being operated by Phoenix Islands Coral Team.

The team captured the footage on a shallow dive in the Pacific Ocean near Phoenix Islands Archipelago.

The glass octopus, scientifically known as Vitreledonella richardi, are found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide.