Monday, 22 September 2008

"Octosquid" found off Hawaii

In 2007 a curious cephalopod creature that appeared to be half octopus, half squid was found in waters at Keahole Point in Hawaii. Local biologists thought that it could possibly be a new species.
The creature is believed to have been sucked up in a deep seawater pipeline at the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority at Keahole. This pipeline pumps colde water up from 3,000 feet below sea level, and occassional deep-sea marine life gets caught in a filter in the line. Workers who discovered the creature call it an "octosquid" because it has the body of a squid and the tentacles of an octopus.
The octosquid stayed alive for three days once it was found by researchers. It was then shipped to the University of Hawaii Manoa campus for evaluation.
Sadly, it turned out that the creature was simply a rare species of squid which had lost two tentacles!

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