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A rare sighting of a glass octopus reveals its almost transparent membrane in extraordinary details

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July 16, 2021

Grace Ebert

On a 34-day expedition around the Phoenix Islands Archipelago, Marine researchers of the Schmidt Ocean Institute captured exceptionally rare footage of the elusive glass krake. With a mottled, iridescent membrane, the aquatic animal is almost completely transparent – only its optic nerve, eyes, and digestive tract are visible to humans – and such sightings are so rare that scientists previously only studied the species after pulling their stomachs of its predators.

In addition to successfully capturing this footage, the research team also identified new marine organisms and drew the ones they were looking for Whale shark swim through the Pacific Ocean during the expedition. For similar underwater revelations, visit a Blanket octopus reveals her membrane.

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