top of page

Stunning new deep-sea footage includes a rare glass octopus and fish-stealing crabs

According to Wendy Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Ocean Institute.“The Ocean holds wonders and promises we haven’t even imagined, much less discovered,” “Expeditions like these teach us why we need to increase our efforts to restore and better understand marine ecosystems everywhere–because the great chain of life that begins in the ocean is critical for human health and wellbeing.”

The ocean truly has unfathomable treasures. There are numerous other things that have yet to be found and witnessed with the naked sight.

As you drift farther into the abyss, new and odd species and behaviors emerge, providing an illuminating experience for a world that appears to be devoid of life. You may virtually join scientists who have been exploring the Phoenix Islands Archipelago on the research vessel Falkor, thanks to the Schmidt Ocean Institute.

During that time, the expedition's researchers were fortunate enough to see two rare kinds of octopus, one of which is notable for its transparency. The glass octopus or Vitreledonella may be seen gliding through the water, its optic nerve, eyeballs, and digestive tract on display (some cephalopods have no shame).

On a voyage onboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute's research vessel Falkor spotted the glass octopus. The Schmidt Ocean Institute is a nonprofit operating foundation co-founded by Wendy and Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google. The voyage also included scientists from Boston University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The institute's captivating film is of considerable scholarly significance because there was little footage of these elusive animals previously. Prior to this, they had only been researched using remains found in predators' stomachs, which, as you can imagine, didn't look quite as good.

A bunch of crabs recorded in the act of snatching fish from one another, a rare action for these animals, was among the more amusing footage from the expedition. One of the researchers can be heard repeatedly repeating, "I just pushed the OMG button," as one crab chows down on his ill-gotten feast while the other feverishly taps the coral hunting for his lost booty.

The ocean is so vast and deep that we still have millions to discover from it!


13 views0 comments
bottom of page