The Nautilus Exploration Program of Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) explores the ocean using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) launched from their research vessel, E/V Nautilus.
In early September 2019 the ROV was a mile below the surface near uninhabited Southwest Baker Island in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument when they came upon an octopus, one of three species in the Cirroteuthidae family.
About 4.2 feet long, the octopus expanded and contracted its tentacles, flapped its Dumbo-like “ears” and transformed itself into a circus tent, perhaps in an effort to look big to the deep sea machine.
Like the crew we are all amazed by this wonder of the deep.
(video from EvNautilus on YouTube)