Tuesday, August 16, 2022

‘Does it taste like chicken’: Twitterati wonder over “headless chicken monster”


A deep-sea creature, also being called the “headless chicken monster”, was recently filmed by the latest camera technology developed by Australian researchers.

The unique creature was spotted in the Southern Ocean in Antarctica. A video of the unusual sea creature was also released on the government website.

“Some of the footage we are getting back from the cameras is breathtaking, including species we have never seen in this part of the world,” Australian Antarctic Division program leader Dr Dirk Welsford said in a statement.

“Behold the majestic “headless chicken monster” or Enypniasties eximia, spotted recently in the Southern Ocean for the first time on an Australian fisheries camera,” tweeted the official handle of Antarctic Division.

According to the government website, this is the first time this marine animal has been sighted in the Southern Ocean waters. Previously, it was spotted in the Gulf of Mexico and scientists recently captured video of this bizarre, hen-mimicking swimmer for the first time.

The strange, pinkish-red creature with a body like a plump-breasted and decapitated chicken, is neither a chicken nor a monster, but rather the swimming sea cucumber Enypniastes eximia.

The video clip of the “headless chicken monster” has created quite a buzz on social media, with many still curious about the sea creature.

The team is using the camera system, which was developed for commercial longline fishing, to gather information for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

However, the name given to the unusual species has also triggered hilarious reactions. While some wondered how many legs this chicken would have, others questioned whether this tasted like chicken or not.


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