Possible blanket octopus?

Carnoferox

Hatchling
Registered
Joined
Oct 11, 2019
Messages
4
Recently a video has surfaced on YouTube purporting to be an unknown creature filmed by Thai fisherman.


A99B03BD-6EF8-4E70-A490-56ECC8032F29.png

01835330-3D88-42B6-AF65-D6AF6374977D.png

D4F43D14-0CC0-4CC7-9A07-BC25A197A32F.png


To me it looks like it could be a blanket octopus (Tremoctopus violaceus?) based on the markings on the webbing. I figured I’d post it here so anyone with more knowledge could try to identify it.
 

Attachments

  • CEE381D7-2CB3-4752-BF91-EDFDC0C49C08.gif
    CEE381D7-2CB3-4752-BF91-EDFDC0C49C08.gif
    3.2 MB · Views: 182

OB

Colossal Squid
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Oct 19, 2003
Messages
3,106
found an old photo on this; I believe this was originally embedded somewhere in the original thread, but some of those old photos were missing from a server crash.

That is actually a (likely) dead, partly eaten/
scavaged deep sea squid, such as Thysanoteuthis or even a somewhat smallish Taningia.
 
Upvote 0

tonmo

Cthulhu
Staff member
Webmaster
Joined
May 30, 2000
Messages
10,545
Hmm, is that the case? I guess I've sullied a neatly closed thread... :-/ I can't find the original post, but I remember someone describing this very photo as being part of the series (i.e., mentioning the person on the boat with a camera in hand). I'll see if I can track it down. Is this creature unrelated to the original? I haven't scoured close enough / nothing jumped out at me to suggest it wasn't related...
 
Upvote 0

OB

Colossal Squid
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Oct 19, 2003
Messages
3,106
The original showed a dark blue T. violaceus, doin' its thang, all a bobbin' bottlenoziness; the animal in this picture is a large finned deep water squid, crimson, as could be expected :wink:
 
Upvote 0
Top