Up Close with a Graneledone Octopus

Our Corps of Exploration spotted this octopus over 2,600 meters (8,530 feet) deep at the Cascadia Basin site of Ocean Networks Canada’s NEPTUNE observatory. Tentatively identified as a deep-sea Graneledone pacifica, ROV Hercules provides us all a clear view of the cephalopod's shifting body texture and tentacles covered in suckers for grasping prey. Spending over eight-minutes with the team (one minute for every arm!), learn more about the anatomy, and lifecycle of octopuses with this fan-favorite invertebrate in this video. 

Our NA151 expedition partnered Nautilus with Ocean Networks Canada to support installation and maintenance of the NEPTUNE observatory, an 800-kilometer (500-mile) loop of fiber optic cable located off the west coast of Canada.