Aliens in the depths: a magnificent alien was found in the underwater “strange” forest (video)
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This bizarre creature has been encountered before only once thousands of miles from the Martian Trench.
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, at a depth of about 2.4 kilometers under the water column, there is a bizarre underwater forest consisting of a variety of corals and glass sponges. Like curly brushes, harps and white skirts with frills, the inhabitants of the underwater forest developed on the waves, writes The Guardian.
For the first time this wonderful piece of the Earth was discovered back in 2017 in a flooded volcano in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. After three years of expeditions, scientists discovered a tiny incredible creature here, which was given the scientific name Advhena magnifica – a magnificent alien. He owes his name to a character from Steven Spielberg's film – “alien sponge”.
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“Alien Sponge” – a glass sponge on tall stems, with what appears to be a melon-shaped head with two holes resembling bulging eyes. Although sea sponges may look like plants, they are, in fact, simple animals. These creatures lack faces, brains, hearts, muscles, or any other bodily organs. Most of the sea sponges spend their entire lives at the bottom of the ocean, filtering tiny floating food particles through their spongy bodies.
Branco studied the structure of the “alien sponge” under a microscope and found that her body is made up of a number of tiny structures that do not look like each other. Some of them resembled snowflakes, while others looked like daisies with lowered petals.
Castello Branco also studied the video of the “strange”, as the scientists themselves called it, underwater forest. The footage shows that all alien sponges are looking in the same direction. The scientist believes that this may be due to the direction of the current – all the sponges turned around to feed on particles floating in it.
Scientists believe that alien sponges are slightly different from ordinary ones. Typically, sponges suck in water through tiny holes throughout their bodies, filter out food particles, and then exhale water through smaller holes. At the same time, alien sponges seem to use a large surface of bulging “eyes”, which is what helps them survive in deep water.
Despite the fact that aliens have so far only been found in these two places, scientists pout, that soon they will be able to find representatives of this species in other seamounts.