Rare 'headless chicken monster' filmed by Australian researchers

Rodiano Bonacci
Ottobre 22, 2018

Australian scientists have filmed a "headless chicken monster", a type of deep sea cucumber, in the Southern Ocean in Antarctica.

With its blobby, pulsating red body and feeler-like webbed "feet", this thing doesn't look very familiar.

A deep-sea cucumber known as a "headless chicken monster" has been filmed in the Southern Ocean for the first time using camera technology developed by Australian researchers.

Originally developed by the Australian Antarctic Division for commercial use in long-line fishing, the underwater camera technology that captured the marine invertebrate is being used by the division to collect data for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), an global commission that focuses on conserving Antarctic marine life.

"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", Dr Welsford said. 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 creature has only previously been seen in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Australia will again be seeking support for the creation of a new East Antarctic Marine Protected Area", she says.

Gillian Slocum, Australia's CCAMLR Commissioner, noted in a statement the importance of protecting the Southern Ocean's diverse marine life, "including commercially sought-after species, the harvesting of which must be carefully managed for future generations".

The 10-day meeting will also address ideas and proposals on how to respond to climate change.

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