Competitor of Cthulhu. In the depths of the ocean found a giant 45-meter monster with tentacles (photo)
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Researchers captured a jelly-like creature with many poisonous tentacles that form a “wall of death” in the water.
It was a routine expedition – the researchers went to study life on the seabed off the coast of Western Australia on a deep-sea submersible, when their vessel unexpectedly stumbled upon a giant underwater animal 45 meters long, writes The Guardian.
According to Nerid Wilson of Museum of Western Australia, the jelly-like creature was so large that it was simply impossible to pass by it. The research took place at a depth of about 600 meters in an underwater quarry.
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From afar, the gigantic thing looked like a rope on the horizon. However, as they got closer, the researchers realized that they had encountered a huge siphonophore arranged in a spiral. The deep-sea siphonophore was about 45 meters long and dragged its deadly tentacles behind it – the researchers believe they have discovered the longest animal on the planet.
According to Wilson, they were just heading back to the research vessel when they encountered giant underwater spiral. Screens in different parts of the research vessel broadcast live footage from the submersible. The research team was both mesmerized and puzzled by what they saw.
The dive went beyond the schedule, and therefore the scientists had only a few minutes to get acquainted with the giant siphonophore. However, even this time was enough to go around the giant spiral, take a few pictures and even take some tissue.
Siphonophores have jelly-like bodies and belong to the same group as jellyfish. However, they have a unique body structure – despite the fact that these creatures look like dozens of jellyfish stuck together, they represent a single organism. However, siphonophores chose not to develop naturally (a body with organs), but are separate parts (zooids) that are responsible for certain functions – nutrition, reproduction, movement.
Scientists suggest that they managed to capture a representative a new species from the genus Apolemia, a group that tends to look like tangled feather boas. The spiral arrangement of siphonophores is known to represent a feeding posture. With the help of dozens of deadly tentacles, they create a kind of “wall of death” in the water, thus lying in wait for prey – crustaceans and fish.