Headless Chicken Monster Spotted In Southern Ocean

Posted: Oct 28 2018, 7:40am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 28 2018, 7:50am CDT , in Latest Science News


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Headless Chicken Monster Spotted in Southern Ocean
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The unusual creature has only ever been filmed before in the Gulf of Mexico.

An odd-looking pinkish creature has been filmed in Southern Ocean for the first time. The creature, nicknamed “headless chicken monster” has only been caught on camera once before in the Gulf of Mexico in 2017. Researchers got another opportunity to capture this elusive creature while exploring Southern Ocean water off East Antarctica. The sighting was made using new underwater camera technology developed by the Australian Antarctic Division.

“We needed something that could be thrown from the side of a boat, and would continue operating reliably under extreme pressure in the pitch black for long periods of time,” said Australian Antarctic Division Program Leader Dr Dirk Welsford.

“Some of the footage we are getting back from the cameras is breathtaking, including species we have never seen in this part of the world. Most importantly, the cameras are providing important information about areas of sea floor that can withstand this type of fishing, and sensitive areas that should be avoided.”

The headless chicken monster may look a plump, decapitated chicken but it is actually a deep-sea swimming sea cucumber called Enypniastes eximia. Sea cucumbers exist in every ocean. There are more than a thousand species of sea cucumbers that can vary in shape and length. However, the appearance of headless chicken monster is undeniably peculiar. The unusual creature measures nearly 10 inches long and has the ability to swim with its wings-like fins, a feature that has been rarely observed in other sea cucumbers.

Using latest underwater camera technology, researchers have been surveying the deep, largely untouched areas of the ocean. These areas harbor some of the most unique creatures, allowing them to better understand deep-sea biodiversity. The rare headless chicken monster was spotted at a depth of about 9,800 feet below sea level.

Gillian Slocum, Australia’s commissioner for Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) says.” The Southern Ocean is home to an incredible abundance and variety of marine life, including commercially sought-after species, the harvesting of which must be carefully managed for future generations.”

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