Skip to main content

Massive String-Like Creature Discovered in the Deep Sea

Screen Shot 2020-04-09 at 12.06.46 PM

Scientists on a research vessel off Western Australia discovered what looks like a giant mass of string but is actually a living creature. The Apolemia is a type of siphonophore, which are deep-sea predators related to jellyfish and corals that use stinging cells to catch prey.

The researchers cannot determine exactly how long the creature is, but they used lasers to determine that its outer ring is approximately 154 feet long, which could make the siphonophore the longest animal ever recorded.

It takes a long time for life to grow at near-freezing temperatures in the deep sea, so the siphonophore’s size could indicate that it is tens or hundreds of years old. According to Rebecca Helm, who runs a lab that studies jellyfish at the University of North Carolina, the creature is hunting in a “galaxy-like spiral” by using certain clones to catch and digest prey, which sends nutrients through the entire colony.

The following video was taken at a depth of 631 meters.


Screen Shot 2020-08-27 at 12.50.45 PM

A Narrow Escape

While being hunted by an orca, an otter jumps to safety on a nearby boat.

Screen Shot 2020-07-07 at 1.46.19 PM

Huge Fish Pulls Two Florida Anglers Overboard

A 450-pound grouper puts up a huge fight, pulling two men off a boat and into the water.

Screen Shot 2020-01-17 at 10.41.25 AM

Solo Captain Records Voyage Around the World

Filmmaker and captain Olivia O. Wyatt just embarked on a solo sail around the world, which she will document in an ethnographic film similar to her recent music video.


Hundreds of Tons of DDT Potentially Discovered in the Pacific

Marine researchers just found 25,000 barrels off California which they believed to be filled with the toxic chemical DDT.

Screen Shot 2020-07-01 at 12.22.14 PM

Drone Captures Blue Whale Swimming Near Boat

A massive blue whale dwarfs a boat in drone footage captured off San Diego.


Summit Motoryachts 54 Completes First Sea Trial

The flagship model from Summit Motoryachts, a Kadey-Krogen company, has successfully hit water for the first time.

Screen Shot 2021-02-01 at 4.12.12 PM

Cargo Ship Splits in Two off Turkey

An onboard camera captures a Ukrainian cargo ship splitting in two in heavy seas.


Two New Species of Rare Sharks Discovered in West Indian Ocean

Researchers found two new species of six-gilled sawsharks while studying fisheries, which shows how much we still have to learn about ocean life.