The creature was later identified as siphonophore, a group of animals related to jellyfish and corals
A bizarre jellyfish like creature has been discovered thousands of feet underneath the Angolan Coast. The creature’s arms are stuck together and actually looked like a bowl of spaghetti moving upside down in the water.
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The oil and gas company workers operating at the coast were the first to spot the strange creature. BP workers videotaped it and named it “Flying Spaghetti Monster” due to its striking resemblance with a mythical god.
But the researchers at National Oceanography Center in Southampton identified the creature as a siphonophore. It is a group of aquatic animals that include jellyfish, hydroids and corals. Some of the specimen can reach to 40m (130 feet) and can be dangerous to human beings.
A namesake website is dedicated to these strange animals. It is created by Casey Dunn, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Brown University Rhode Island. According to the website, there are about 175 discovered species of siphonophore. Most of them are long and thin and consist of a transparent gelatinous material. Some species are the largest animals in the world and can be as long as 40 meters.
They are made up of thousands of zooids. Zooids are multicellular organisms that are connected to each other and form a more complex organism. Most of siphonophores are so fragile that they can break into pieces even with the slightest force.
The spaghetti like creature was found 4,000 feet beneath ocean. It belongs to specific type of siphonophore called suborder Cystonectae. Cystonectae are relatively rare and have two main parts. On the top, a gas-filled float known as pneumataphore and down there is a cluster of zooids. The cluster of zooids is reasonable for capturing prey, eating and reproducing.
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