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'Spaghetti monster' filmed off Angolan coast

By T.K. Randall
August 14, 2015 · Comment icon 16 comments



Siphonophores can grow anywhere up to 160ft long. Image Credit: YouTube / serpentproject
An extremely unusual looking creature has been picked up on video more than 4,000ft under the sea.
The bizarre organism, which looks like it is made out of pasta, was originally filmed by a team from energy giant BP before being sent to deep sea ecology experts for further analysis.

Daniel Jones at the UK's National Oceanography Centre and his colleague Phil Pugh eventually identified the creature as a species of bathyphysa conifera - a siphonophore which, rather than being a single organism, is actually made up of a large colony of individual zooids.
"To my knowledge this creature has only been observed a handful of times," said Jones.

"The creature appears spaghetti-like because the stem is contracted up so that all the feeding zooids are jam-packed together. In a way these specialized bodies function as organs."

Despite being very fragile siphonophores can grow in length up to a staggering 160ft.



Source: Huffington Post | Comments (16)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #7 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
"Despite being very fragile siphonophores can grow in length up to a staggering 160ft." Dang! I thought the same thing.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Harte 7 years ago
"Despite being very fragile siphonophores can grow in length up to a staggering 160ft." Dang! Astounding! I thought siphonophores grew into juniors. Harte
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ashotep 7 years ago
Is this the official Pastafarian God?
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin 7 years ago
Is this the official Pastafarian God? Lol. Sure, why not! Great analogy.
Comment icon #11 Posted by SteveJT 7 years ago
Does he live in a pineapple under the sea?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Silver Surfer 7 years ago
It is a pity the only reason they are down there is to screw up its habitat.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Anomalocaris 7 years ago
Is this the official Pastafarian God? He created it in his own image
Comment icon #14 Posted by ChaosRose 7 years ago
Hail His noodley appendages. Ramen.
Comment icon #15 Posted by XenoFish 7 years ago
For our god has come to us. The end is near. All hail FSM.
Comment icon #16 Posted by spidey2 7 years ago
It's just the local pastor


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