I got this in an email from Gcaptain.com. I subscribe to their emails and they always have something interesting to share. I really enjoyed this video of the Dumbo Octopus.
I actually watched quite a few videos of them before, I thought they were really cute. 🙂
I was trying to find some information on this other creature I saw on the ROV video feed while I was working last hitch. The ROV crew called it a ‘heart’ or ‘sea heart’ or ‘heart of the sea’. Nobody knew what they were really called or what kind of creature they were.
I looked and looked all over the internet. I found all sorts of really weird stuff, but nothing I could say for sure was the same creature we were seeing from our ship.
It looked a little bit like some of the online pictures of the Dumbo octopus.
The closest thing I could say would have to be a vampire squid, which also looks a lot like some of the pictures of the Dumbo octopus.
But it turns out, it was really some sort of swimming sea cucumber. I’ll do some more posts about these creatures, but for now here’s a photo of one type of swimming sea cucumber (there are many different types).
I’ll try to get back on track for Wild Wednesday and post some more about it by then. I have some video from the ship I can post. 🙂