Today’s Solutions: November 29, 2021

The deepest depths of our oceans are some of the most mysterious places on the planet. Little is known about these expansive depths, but scientists have recently captured new footage of some of its deepest dwellers. 

More than four miles under the Indian Ocean, scientists managed to videotape the elusive “dumbo” octopus. Named for their adorable large “ears,” this is the deepest depth that any cephalopod has been observed. The deepest previous sighting was at 3.2 miles as part of an expedition 50 years ago off the coast of Barbados. Because of the significant depth, scientists think this could be a new species that is different from shallower dwellers, but they can’t confirm the suspicion without collecting samples for observation. 

This new finding expands the potential range for cephalopods to 99 percent of the seafloor. The finding was published in the journal Marine Biology last week and offers even more evidence to support octopus’s incredible resilience to extreme environments. 

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