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The World's Longest Creature Was Captured On Video In The Reefs Of Australia

The World's Longest Creature Was Captured On Video In The Reefs Of Australia

Australian scientists have discovered in the study of underwater canyons near the coral reefs of Ningaloo the longest living creature on the planet - a 45-meter siphonophore.

To do this, employees of the Schmidt Ocean Institute had to make 20 dives to a depth of 4500 meters with the help of an underwater robot and conduct about 181 hours of observations.

As a result, we managed to record a giant siphonophore of the Apolemia species on video. Siphonophores are colonies of tiny individual zooids. These amazing creatures have a high degree of polymorphism and specialization, the colony has a kind of organs that provide movement and nutrition.

In addition, data on 30 new species of deep-sea fish and marine invertebrates were obtained.

"We suspected that these deep-sea areas would be variously populated, but we were struck by what we saw," said Lisa Kirkendall, one of the leaders of the research program.

Samples of deep-sea fauna collected by scientists will be displayed in the Museum of Western Australia.