Casper, Octopod and Internet Darling, Is Already Threatened

Less than a year after being discovered, Casper the octopod could be in mortal danger.

Researchers say the ghostly, eight-armed sea creature is likely threatened by deep-sea mining operations that excavate metallic protrusions it relies on to reproduce.

Found in March by an NOAA deep-sea expedition off the coast of Hawaii, Casper is believed to be a new, fin-less octopod species, and the deepest ever discovered, at around 2.5 miles beneath the ocean’s surface. With button eyes, stubby

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