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Researchers Film Elusive Sea Creature Off Coast Of Antarctica

A creature not so affectionately referred to as the "headless chicken monster" has been filmed off the coast of Antarctica.

For most of humankind, the next big journey is the one up into space and out into the universe. To start discovering the infinite number of planets, stars, and who knows what else. The thing is, there is still plenty of weird, wonderful, and undiscovered stuff down here on Earth that is hard to get our heads round in some instances.

Areas deep in the Amazon rainforest that are all but untouched by civilization. Or how about the deepest depths of our oceans? At its deepest, the seabed is much, much further away from you right now than the summit of Mount Everest. The little of what we have seen from that dark part of the world is somewhat unsettling and looks as if it could be from another world.

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Take the creature in the video below, for example. The enypniastes eximi, or as scientists rather cruelly refer to it as, the headless chicken monster. As mean a nickname as that may seem, we get it. The creature is actually a rare species of sea cucumber that can swim. In fact, the only time it ever stops swimming is so that it can rest on the seabed and use its tentacles in order to gather food.

The reason you have likely never seen or heard of this creature before is because this is only the second time it has ever been caught on camera, according to Mashable. The first time was a year ago in the Gulf Of Mexico. This time, it was filmed in the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica. The Australian Antarctic Division caught the footage using a new underwater camera system developed for monitoring long-line fishing.

Creepy, kind of cute, or downright bizarre, we'll let you make your own minds up on that one. What's clear, however, is that there are still things down here on Earth that appear as if they are truly alien. We have really only explored a fraction of our oceans to date, so who knows what else might call them home alongside the headless chicken monster?

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