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Pic of penis-shaped marine creature has social media freaking out

Pic of penis-shaped marine creature has social media freaking out

Why? The organism has an uncanny resemblance to the male reproductive organ. IBTimes UK, which first reported on the curious sea creature, shared a photo of the peanut worm from the expedition, quickly capturing the public's attention. Their discoveries also include a faceless fish, a zombie worm, and other spineless, faceless animals not yet previously encountered by science.

This weird creature was found by scientists from Museums Victoria during their recent expedition to the sea floor.

Dr. Tim O'Hara of Museums Victoria said, "The abyss is the largest and deepest habitat on the planet, covering half the world's oceans and one-third of Australia's territory, but it remains the most unexplored environment on Earth ... until recently only a handful of samples had been collected from Australia's abyss".

That was the question the crew of research vessel RV Investigator sought to answer in a month-long expedition exploring Australia's eastern abyss for the first time.

As per the report, the name "peanut worm" came from the fact that when threatened, these marine animals contract their long heads inwards into a shape like that of a peanut kernel.




Scientists reveal peanut worms (sipunculids) are a group of unsegmented, bilaterally symmetrical worms that dwell in shallow waters.

Somewhat ironically, the worms are able to procreate sexually and asexually.

A team of scientists have discovered a freakish sea creature or a peanut worm from Museums Victoria in Australia. They included tiny deep sea sharks with razor-like teeth, translucent flesh eating crustaceans, and a faceless fish which has been rarely seen by humans since the 1800s. It was also a particularly rare discovery.

"Australia's deep-see environment is larger in size than the mainland, and until now, nearly nothing was known about life on the abyssal plain", explained chief scientist Dr. Tim O'Hara, expressing excitement over their discoveries and sharing them to the global public.

You can slake your curiosity on the gallery below, and a selection of the specimens will be on exhibit at Melbourne Museum later this year.


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