More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. No matter how much we explore it, there will still be much more to explore. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 95% of the world’s oceans and 99% of the ocean floor were unexplored in the year 2000. As we keep on exploring our oceans, we keep of discovering newer organisms, or fascinating individuals of previously discovered species.
Researchers found a rather magnificent creature during an expedition off the coast of Australia.
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WHAT DID RESEARCHERS FIND IN THE WATER OFF THE COAST OF AUSTRALIA?
Off the coast of West Australia, the Ningaloo Canyons Expedition group found a rather large, spiral-y, string-like creature. That creature was an Apolemia siphonophore, a deep-sea predator. The specimen that the researchers discovered is estimated to be 154 feet long and the largest of its kind.
The Schmidt Ocean Institute, where one of the researchers of the expedition group is from, tweeted a video of the creature.
Check out this beautiful *giant* siphonophore Apolemia recorded on #NingalooCanyons expedition. It seems likely that this specimen is the largest ever recorded, and in strange UFO-like feeding posture. Thanks @Caseywdunn for info @wamuseum @GeoscienceAus @CurtinUni @Scripps_Ocean pic.twitter.com/QirkIWDu6S
— Schmidt Ocean (@SchmidtOcean) April 6, 2020
Moreover, Logan Mock-Bunting told Newsweek that the entire creature might measure about 390 feet long. Mock-Bunting is a spokesperson for the Schmidt Ocean Institute.
Biologists Nerida Wilson and Lisa Kirkendale from the Western Australian Museum spoke to Science Alert about discovering the specimen –
“Everyone was blown away when it came into view.”
They added –
“There was a lot of excitement. People came pouring into the control room from all over the ship. Siphonophores are commonly seen but this one was both large and unusual-looking.”
Siphonophores are translucent, stringy creatures that are made up of smaller critters.
many little “zooids” make up one individual siphonophore. Each one of them performs a function for the siphonophore’s larger body.
“Some move the colony, some feed for the colony, some take care of reproduction.” – Marine biologist Stefan Siebert told Wired.