This sea life creature from the deep sea could be a new species of sea squirt.
Members of the Five Deeps Expedition expedition, which investigates the deepest parts of the Earth’s oceans, have filmed an unusual-looking creature that could be an unknown species in the Java trench, located in the Indian Ocean.
“We were watching the video and we saw that thing came out of the dark,” said the expedition’s chief scientist, Alan Jamieson, quoted by Live Science .
Due to its long appendage, the first impression these specialists had on that creature that lives in depths above 6,500 meters is that it resembled a balloon with a rope.
When reviewing manuals of oceanic fauna, they considered that it is a new species of the marine creature known as sea squirt and they estimate that it uses its long tentacle to anchor to the bottom on a seismically active seabed or to feed by filtration.
The next goal of this expedition is to explore the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point of the Earth’s seas, which is located in the Pacific Ocean.