New giant octopus species discovered
This octopus is so good at camouflage that it had scientists convinced it was a different species
Scientists have discovered the frilled giant Pacific octopus after mistaking it for the giant Pacific octopus for years.
Researchers Nathan Hollenbeck and David Scheel from Alaska Pacific University have found photographic evidence to confirm genetic studies of the two differing species. The study was performed in Alaska and involved searching for the octopus in shrimp pods.
The new evidence shows that the frilled giant Pacific octopus can be distinguished from other species by the frill of fleshy bumps on its skin that run the length of its body. Additionally, the newly identified species has two white spots on its head, while the original octopus has only one.
The new species is closely related to the giant Pacific octopus (pictured)