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UNITED STATESThursday, January 04, 2018Scientists have discovered a new species of giant Pacific octopus swimming r


Thursday, January 04, 2018

Scientists have discovered a new species of giant Pacific octopus swimming right under their noses. Suspected for years, this is the first time researchers have confirmed the species both genetically and visually.

Called the frilled giant Pacific octopus, the mysterious creature has a bumpy ridge across its body, weird fleshy “eyelashes” and two white spots on its head.

Scientists published two papers on the species in the American Malacological Bulletin in November; one on its genetics and one on its body patterns. The research is part of Alaska Pacific University’s Alaska Octopus Project.

The existence of another species has been suspected since at least 2012, Earther reports. Alaska Pacific University and U.S. Geological Survey researchers found different DNA among giant Pacific octopuses in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. After taking tissue samples, the scientists released the animals back into the wild.

This left the task of visual identification to Nathan Hollenbeck. He cataloged the distinguishing features of the species as part of his undergraduate senior thesis at Alaska Pacific University.


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