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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.
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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  Images: Bizarre, purple marine animals discovered Photo Acorn worm Okeanos e1476661208964

The Acorn worm

The Sea cucumber  Images: Bizarre, purple marine animals discovered Photo Sea cucumber Okeanos e1476661341325

The Sea cucumber

The Purple orb  Images: Bizarre, purple marine animals discovered Purple orb

The Purple orb

The Vampire squid  Images: Bizarre, purple marine animals discovered Vampire squid Nautilus png

The Vampire squid

The googly-eyed cross between an octopus and a squid  Images: Bizarre, purple marine animals discovered Googly eyes

The googly-eyed cross between an octopus and a squid

 

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