Strange Creature in the Deep of the Pacific Sea

Strange Creature in the Deep of the Pacific Sea
Researchers aboard the Nautilus research vessel spotted this sea cucumber using an ROV at the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument southeast of Honolulu. (Image credit: Nautilus Live / Ocean Exploration Trust)

A strange creature resembling an alien shopping bag with glowing Cheetos guts has made its way into new footage captured by a remote-controlled vehicle deep in the Pacific Ocean.

In the ocean, this strange creature – actually an unknown species of sea cucumber – was floating in the sea at a depth of about 7.221 feet (2.201 meters) in the video. This video was captured in March by an ROV exploring part of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument southeast of Honolulu.

What is ROV Camera?

Those who are looking for ROV A (Remotly Operated Vehicle) camera is any visual imaging system that can be used on underwater ROVs to provide the operator with a perception of the working environment. The depth rating of an ROV camera usually starts from 300m. Most ROVs have a front-facing main camera for vehicle control.

The ROV was floating above an uncharted seamount on Kingman Reef and Palmyra Atoll when operators spotted the creature, said Megan Cook, director of education and outreach at The Ocean Exploration Trust's Nautilus Live.

“It's always so exciting and amazing to see these because – exactly what an incredible animal,” Cook said.

Sea cucumbers, or holothurians, are a diverse group with many species distributed throughout the central Pacific, Cook said. Associated with the crew of the research vessel E/V Nautilus ROV He said that the one identified by

Many species in the family Elpidiidae have appendages that resemble fins or sails that allow them to swim short distances. Cook said this is a useful adaptation that allows sea cucumbers to take up more space and seek new grazing spots.

These deep-sea cucumbers are scavengers that feed on marine algae, the debris of skin cells, poop and dead animal parts that glide to the ocean floor.

To eat, the animal uses its sticky tentacles (the leaf or star-shaped red fringe around its mouth) to burrow from the seafloor to pick up a mixture of sand and organic matter, and then take it to its mouth.

The bright orange gut seen inside the transparent creature – the glowing “Cheetos” – then digests the organic material and expels the inedible sand.

This turns out to be an important storage system for carbon. The ocean floor is the largest carbon sequestration system in the world; The carbon-rich organic matter is picked up by bottom dwellers such as sea cucumbers and remains in the ocean's depths for extended periods of time.

“This big scavenger/recycler on the seafloor,” Cook said of deep-sea sea cucumbers.

Some species of sea cucumbers can eject their digestive systems through their anus when startled, a method that often allows them to escape from hungry predators. (The organs will soon grow back.)

However, it's unknown if the species in the new video has that number on his arm (or anus), Cook said.

source: livescience

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