Encounters of the third kind. A brave octopus fights off an alien intruder. This stunning octopod, Benthoctopus sp., seemed quite interested in ALVIN's port manipulator arm. Those inside the sub were surprised by the octopod's inquisitive behavior. 2006 May 31.
Photographer: Bruce Strickrott.
Credit: Expedition to the Deep Slope/NOAA/OER.