Story: Octopus and squid

Inspecting a gelatinous octopus

Inspecting a gelatinous octopus

This giant octopus is the largest known. It was trawled from a depth of 920 metres near the Chatham Islands in 2001, and delivered as a frozen, 61-kilogram lump to scientists at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Wellington. It is the first confirmed specimen of the deep-water gelatinous octopus Haliphron atlanticus in New Zealand waters.

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Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, 'Octopus and squid - Octopus in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/7929/inspecting-a-gelatinous-octopus (accessed 22 October 2021)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, published 12 Jun 2006