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New Frilled Giant Pacific Octopus Discovered In Alaska


Scientists have discovered a new species of giant Pacific octopus swimming right under their noses. Suspected for years, this is the first time researchers have confirmed the species both genetically and visually. Called the frilled giant Pacific octopus, the mysterious creature has a bumpy ridge across its body, weird fleshy “eyelashes” and two white spots on its head.

The existence of another species has been suspected since at least 2012, Earther reports. Alaska Pacific University and U.S. Geological Survey researchers found different DNA among giant Pacific octopuses in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.

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