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Images: Bizarre, purple marine animals discovered

Scores of spectacular, rare and sometimes baffling unknown species were encountered on this year’s first-ever voyages to new deep ocean areas by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Curiously, a considerable number of them adorned the purple colour.

These include several purple animals such as:

  • A bizarre purple “mud monster”: the “acorn worm.”
  • Swimming purple sea cucumber, reminiscent of a flying Mary Poppins, found on NOAA’s Deepwater Exploration of the planet’s deepest known canyons, in the Pacific Ocean near Guam.
  • A mysterious purple orb, likened by one scientist to a disco ball, that may prove to be new to science.
  • A rare purple Vampire Squid, (Vampyroteuthis infernalis), a deep-sea creature nicknamed for its deep colour and red eyes (not because it feeds on blood).
  • Stubby “googly-eyed” purple animal looking like a cross between an octopus and a squid.

It was gathered that, beyond being spectacularly photogenic, such animals help scientists better understand the web of life that sustains all species, including humans.

The Acorn worm
The Acorn worm
The Sea cucumber
The Sea cucumber
The Purple orb
The Purple orb
The Vampire squid
The Vampire squid
The googly-eyed cross between an octopus and a squid
The googly-eyed cross between an octopus and a squid

 

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