‘Flying spaghetti monster’ caught on video off the Angolan coast

SERPENT footage of Bathyphysa conifera picked up by global media

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  1. This unusual marine animal was recently caught on camera near the seabed off the coast of Angola when a team from BP were carrying out routine operations near an oil well, using a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV). At a depth of 1325 metres they spotted the creature, which they nicknamed the flying spaghetti monster. Intrigued, they sent footage of it to Daniel Jones from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK.
  2. A deep-sea animal researcher, Jones is involved with the Serpent project, a collaboration with ROV teams from oil and gas companies to catalogue ocean life. Jones identified it as a siphonophore. Siphonophores belong to a group of aquatic animals that include corals and jellyfish. Specimens up to 40 metres long have been found, making them among the world’s longest animals. Philip Pugh, one of Jones’s colleagues at NOC, pinned it down precisely. After noticing that the tentacles do not have side branches, he deduced that it was a specimen of Bathyphysa conifera.
  3. SERPENT researchers released the video of this strange animal and it has gone viral, with hundreds of thousands of views. The video has been the subject of a huge media response and you can see some of the stories below.
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