A video has gone viral on social media that shows a deep-sea chicken-like creature swimming in the frigid waters of Antarctica for the first time. The video has shocked netizens because the creature looks like a “headless chicken sea monster”.
The creature was captured on camera by Australian researchers using the new underwater equipment. It was identified by marine life experts as a species of sea cucumber, Enypniastes Eximia, reported The Independent.
Ranging in size from 11cm to 25cm, the creature was filmed only once before in the Gulf of Mexico at a depth of 2,500 meters.
Researchers were thrilled to see the creature which has webbed swimming structures and tentacles.
“Some of the footage is breathtaking which we are getting back from the cameras is breathtaking, including species we have never seen in this part of the world,” Dr. Dirk Welsford, programme leader at the Australian Antarctic Division, told the newspaper.
It looks transparent and has a barrel-shaped body with ‘a large webbed vampiric veil made up of 12 conically-shaped podia, or feet, at the front of its body’, reported Extreme Marine.
The veil is said to provide a lift to the creature while it is swimming.
The creature can also glow and throw up its internal organs to fend off predators.
According to Extreme Marine, it spends most of its time swimming and feeds along the seabed.
Watch the video here: