Rare 'Dumbo' octopus seen in California deep-sea dive

Scientists have made a surprise discovery during a deep dive off the coast of California: a translucent cephalopod known as the Dumbo octopus.

Researchers aboard the exploration vessel were studying an "extinct volcano" – called the Davidson Seamount – to see where coral and sponges exist when they made the stunning discovery, Chad King, the lead scientist on the trip, said.

King spotted the creature out of the corner of his eye as the team used its remotely operated underwater vehicle Hercules to explore the area.

"Even though I'm a scientist, we're all kids out here," he admitted, adding the Dumbo octopus "delighted everyone."

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