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'Alien-like' life form discovered on sea floor

July 12, 2020 | Comment icon 4 comments

This is one strange looking organism. Image Credit: NOAA
Scientists have photographed a very peculiar life form in a region referred to as the 'Forest of the Weird'.
Resembling an alien-like head attached to a long stalk, this bizarre "ET sponge" was discovered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2.4km beneath the Pacific Ocean.

It was one of many such life forms found approximately 1,300km south-west of Hawaii.

"Rising high on a stalk, this sponge had a body with two large holes oddly reminiscent of the large eyes of the alien from the beloved movie, ET: The Extra-Terrestrial," the NOAA wrote.
While the name 'ET sponge' seems to have stuck, its official name is Advhena magnifica.

"We usually try to associate the name to something unique about that species, or we can honour someone, the expedition name, or a locality," said scientist Cristiana Castello Branco.

"The shape of this sponge is reminiscent of an alien, like in the movies, with what looks like a long thin neck, an elongated head and huge eyes. Advhena is from the Latin advena, which means alien."

"While we haven't 'officially' given it a common name in our paper, 'ET sponge' seems to fit."

Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Comments (4)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by dlh 1 year ago
It's sponge body and stalk remind me of a mushroom. Do fungi grow underwater?
Comment icon #2 Posted by DieChecker 1 year ago
More like a balloon sponge, with that thin teather...
Comment icon #3 Posted by jbondo 1 year ago
Don't be surprised if someone modifies this and throws it up on youtube claiming it's an alien.
Comment icon #4 Posted by AlphaGeek 1 year ago
Someone show me an alien life form. So I will know if this looks like it.

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