A real ancient creature, so monstrous it should belong in the pages of a Greek myth, has been newly discovered. And even scientists are calling it “incredibly bizarre”.
The ghostly blob isn’t a new creature from the deep, but it is a rare sighting for squid aficionados.
An elusive sea creature that boasts a vibrant golden shell covered in thick, slimy hair was recently spotted for the first time in 31 years, researchers say.
The Allonautilus scrobiculatus, a species of mollusk in the same family as the nautilus, was spotted off the coast of Papua New Guinea in the South Pacific in early August, the scientists said. This was the same region where the animal was spotted more than three decades ago, they added.
Year by year, millimeter by millimeter, the seas are rising. Fed by melting glaciers and ice sheets, and swollen by thermal expansion of water as the planet warms, the world’s oceans now on average are about eight inches higher than a century ago. And this sea change is only getting started.