To date, says NOAA–or, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–the human civilization has explored only about five percent of the ocean. That is to say, there’s still more than ninety-five percent waiting to be discovered, including the vast, deep pockets of the Marianas and Philippine trenches.
So it shouldn’t surprise you that there’s a new creature found lurking beneath the waters, not of the Marianas or the Philippines, but about the Channel Islands of California.
As reported in the NPR, a purple sea orb was discovered, and filmed, by the team of scientists from the Nautilus exploration vessel. During the said exploration, the team recorded the orb as it rested under a small rock while at the side of a moving unnamed crustacean.
It was a strange, but exciting discovery. In the video, one scientist asked, “what is that?”
“I’m stumped. I have no idea,” one female scientist added.
“Are we gonna grab it?” one male scientist asked.
“Yeah,” she responded.
In a concise web post, the Nautilus exploration reveals that after the sampling, the creature began to unfold ‘two distinct lobes.’
They’ve also consulted some on-shore scientists who think that it may be a pleurobranch which has a close relationship with the nudibranch, a sea slug. As of late, none of the known species of deep-sea pleurobranchs in California are purple, the team adds, so they think it is a new discovery.
See the creature in action in the video. So far, it has over a million point three, near, four, views already and has over a thousand thumbs-up.
Article by: Matt Dayo; image a screen grab from the video uploaded by Nautilus in YouTube.