All that’s left for us normal people to explore these days are our homes and the depths of the packages we receive in quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, experts found something mind-blowing in the depths of the Indian Ocean.
It’s been revealed that scientists on the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor are in isolation as well, but we bet that their living room is much bigger than ours.
An unexpected discovery
Scientists are on the Indian Ocean during an expedition in order to study the Ningaloo Canyons off the western coast of Australia and they have since made an incredible discovery – a really long ocean creature that’s called a siphonophore.
This creature has been likened to a silly string and the outer ring that it flaunts is more than 47 meters.
“It seems likely that this specimen is the largest ever recorded, and in strange UFO-like feeding posture,” according to the official notes coming from the institute.
“It’s made of millions of interconnected clones, like if the Borg and the Clone Wars had a baby together. There are about a dozen different jobs a clone can do in the colony, and each clone is specialized to a particular task,” according to Rebecca Helm, a marine biologist.
Omg I have CHILLS. This is an ANIMAL. I’m guessing it’s over a hundred feet long, forming a spiral in the middle of the deep sea. I’ve gone on numerous expeditions and have never, EVER, seen anything like this. Let me tell you what this is and why it is blowing my mind [a thread] https://t.co/6SoWmfxsJH
— Open Ocean Exploration (@RebeccaRHelm) April 6, 2020
This creature is pretty similar to a jellyfish and it seems that it could be mistaken for anything starting with an unusually long rope to an ocean pattern. Check out the video above to see for yourselves.