This headless chicken is the deep-sea ‘monster’ of our dreams

Date: October 22, 2018

Source: Popular Science
Author: Sara Chodosh

If you want deep sea footage to go viral, you have to give whatever creature you find a funny name. Blobfish, for example, are always popular—and now so is the ‘headless chicken monster,’ which is really a swimming sea cucumber (but sounds more interesting if you call it a headless chicken monster).

The researchers who most recently captured footage of one of these swimming globs of gelatinous flesh weren’t the ones to name it, but they are the first to find it so far south. This particular cuke was hanging out in the Southern Ocean off the coast of East Antarctica. Other scientists have only ever filmed it in the Gulf of Mexico, though other sightings have been recorded since it was first discovered in the late 1800s.

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