Researchers in California recently discovered a new species of pink octopus (cephalopod) that looks like a ghost from the Pac-Man video game. The 7 inches (17.8cm) mysterious octopus lives in deep cold waters in Pacific between 200 and 600 metres where the water is only 6 degrees Celsius (42 Fahrenheit). It has a web between its legs that allows it to “parachute” through the water. Until now, the researchers are looking for an appropriate Latin species designation for the mysterious cephalopod.
“As someone that’s describing the species you get to pick what the specific name is,” Stephanie Bush, postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, who is working to describe the octopus, told Science Friday. “One of the thoughts I had was making it Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis — because they’re really cute.”
Scientists in California are considering naming it “Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis”.