Release the kraken?
Not quite. This octopus is much smaller than the mythical sea monster of old, but they both come from the deep sea. It was spotted in the Gulf of Mexico during a research expedition aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Learn more about the expedition and this octopus here.
(Photo: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2018)
[Image description: A purple and white octopus resting above seafloor sediment.]