Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Probably not this guy. Most of us had no idea that a “Headless Chicken Monster” was even a thing but it turns out that it is and one has been seen in all of its glory.
Video of the rare creature was caught on film this week in the Southern Ocean about 2500 miles off of the southwest corner of Australia. No, the Headless Chicken Monster really isn’t a chicken. It’s actually a sea cucumber that’s only been caught once before in the Gulf of Mexico.
According to Dirk Welsford, the program leader for the Australian Antarctic Division, “It looks a bit like a chicken just before you put it in the oven.” He said they had no idea what the creature was at first.
Unlike most sea cucumbers, the headless chicken monster has fins and tentacles, which allow it to swim upward to escape predators.
Welsford said sightings of the sea cucumber go back to the late 1800’s and scientists have “absolutely no idea” how many there are in the world’s oceans.
Behold the majestic "headless chicken monster" or Enypniasties eximia, spotted recently in the Southern Ocean for the first time on an Australian fisheries camera. https://t.co/jQHv5L0uE3 pic.twitter.com/ZeChEiivCy
— Antarctic Division (@AusAntarctic) October 20, 2018