MONTEREY BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY, CALIF –
Researchers aboard Exploration Ship Nautilus made an astonishing discovery last week, two miles deep off the coast of Monterey, California: a huge number of deep-sea squid.
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The so-called "Octopus Garden" seems to be a breeding ground for the marine inhabitants of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. There were up to 1,000 mostly female octopuses, resting in a brooding position and stuck with eight arms in rocks The bodies and eggs of the animals are reversed, "report Nautilus scientists and representatives of the sanctuaries.
It is the largest number of octopuses ever found in an area.
The discovery made the researchers when they examined the Davidson Seamount with an underwater vehicle.
"We went down the eastern flank of this little hill, and then – boom – we just started seeing dozens of dozens there, dozens everywhere," said Nautilus chief scientist Chad King, to National Geographic.  Scientists Aboard @EVNautilus Observe Over a Thousand Deep-sea Kraks Near #DavidsonSeamount These massive clusters have never been discovered to have clusters discovered near shimmering fluid discharges – #NautilusinMBNMS pic.twitter.com/6AYTigf9xP
– The Monterey Bay NMS (@MBNMS) by NOAA 25. October 2018
The Davidson Seamount is a gigantic underwater mountaineer measuring 26 miles long and eight miles wide and is one of the largest known seamounts in the American The underwater mountain is 7,480 meters high, but its summit is still 4100 meters below the sea surface, according to the protected area. It is an original habitat for many marine creatures and therefore of interest to scientists exploring the area.
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The crew, which broadcasts many of their adventures live, also recorded a rare Dumbo octopus, also known as the Umbrella Octopus, and drove through its ears in dumbo-like fins.