For only the second time in history, a sea creature dubbed the "headless chicken monster" was filmed on the ocean floor, this time in Antarctica.
The footage of the sea cucumber, which is colloquially referred to as the "headless chicken monster", comes courtesy of new underwater camera technology being used by researchers to aid in marine conservation efforts.
The footage was captured by a new camera system developed to help determine which areas of the ocean can withstand commercial fishing.More news: 'Luke Cage' Star Mike Colter Breaks Silence On Series Cancellation
Technically, it is called a "sea cucumber" (or Enypniastes eximia), which is just as weird as its nickname, if slightly less terrifying.
The 11-25cm length, scarlet-colored sea cucumber propels itself through the water using webbed "wings" on either side - and instead of a head there's just a nub with tentacles sticking out of it.
"The housing that protects the camera and electronics is created to attach to toothfish longlines in the Southern Ocean, so it needs to be extremely durable", said Australian Antarctic Division Program Leader Dr Dirk Welsford.More news: Pakistani cricketers among others involved in spot-fixing scandal
"Some of the footage we are getting back from the cameras is breathtaking, including species we have never seen in this part of the world".
"All around the Antarctic, there are areas known as 'vulnerable marine ecosystems, '" fisheries technician Tim Lamb explained. The data collected by the division will be presented at the annual CCAMLR meeting in Hobart, Tasmania that begins Monday and will continue through November 2.
The so-called headless chicken monster, previously found only in the Gulf of Mexico, was recently detected by scientists with the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), part of the Australian Department of the Environment dedicated to investigating Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It will also include proposals to improve the way CCAMLR responds to the impacts of climate change.More news: Ron DeSantis Dodges Trump 'Good Role Model' Debate Question, Gets Laughed At