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An unprecedented strange creature appeared in the darkness of the deep sea

A giant creature with special tentacles was discovered at the bottom of the deep sea of ​​the Pacific Ocean, in the region of the Hawaiian Islands. According to marine biologists, an exotic nettle that was never seen in the Pacific region may be a new species unknown to science.

An unprecedented ghost creature appeared in the lamp beam

Scientists from the non-profit scientific organization Ocean Exploration Trust, which specializes in deep-sea research, examined the ocean floor in the Hawaiian Islands with a remote-controlled submersible device lowered from E/V Nautilus Oceanographic Research. Container.

E/V Nautilus is an oceanographic research vesselSource: oceanexplorer.noaa.gov

The ROV, a robotic submarine equipped with an underwater television camera, reached the ocean floor on July 7 at a depth of 2,994 metres, near a recently discovered seamount in the marine protected area north of Johnston Atoll. The ROV’s headlights then lit up a special, never-before-seen living creature.


The creature was clinging to the bottom of the deep sea floor with a pole nearly two meters long, at the end of which sat a 40-centimeter tentacle that looked like a prickly flower. The researchers also discovered another similar creature at the edge of the spotlight in the ROV. After the first analysis of the recordings, scientists came to the conclusion that the creature belonged to the nettle tribe (Nettles) It can be of marine pen type.

A strange creature discovered at a depth of nearly 3000 meters at the bottom of the Pacific OceanSource: Ocean Exploration Trust / E / V Nautilus

What makes the discovery really special

that so far no marine pen has been observed in the Pacific Ocean,

This classification was known to marine biologists only from the depths of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. in the beginning Solumbellula monocephalus It was identified with a species with a scientific name, but it is now likely that the expedition discovered a new species unknown to science.

Relatives of corals are these strange inhabitants of the deep sea

Steve Oskowicz, the mission’s principal investigator and a deep-sea biologist and postdoctoral researcher at Boston University, described the scene as “amazing.” Steve Oskowicz said in Live Science Scientific news portal.

Steve Oskowicz (center, white shirt) is the mission’s principal investigatorSource: Picasa

He added, “We were nearing the end of the voyage when we discovered sea feathers in the depths. The creature captured in the video was huge, perhaps as large or larger than a Hercules, ie an ROV. When I saw the amazing sea feather in the video, I was I know exactly what it could be.”

In order to ascertain the definition, Oskowicz also sought the opinion of marine biologists on the coast,

who confirmed that it was indeed a sea feather, a relative of corals. Based on the animal’s impressive size, Oskavich speculates that it may be very old, but the scientist hasn’t been able to pinpoint an exact age.

A close-up of a marine pen’s tentacles has been discovered in the Pacific OceanSource: Ocean Exploration Trust / E / V Nautilus

(Sea feathers reach sexual maturity at the age of 5-6 years and can live for more than a decade). Interestingly, the team’s discovery occurred a few months after Spanish scientists in February of this yearInvertebrate systems In their study published in a trade journal, they describe two new species of sea feathers, A Pseudomiliola and the Solumbilola of which the newly discovered species may belong to the latter.

Sea feathers are found in many areas, from shallow waters to the depths of large oceansSource: Picasa

Sea feathers are nettles that belong to the class of flowering animals (anthozoa), and in the subsection of the eight anthers (Octocoralia) Form an independent system within. This deep-sea group was first described by Verrill in 1865, and currently 15 families of sea feathers are known to science.

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