'Headless chicken monster' filmed off East Antarctica

'Headless chicken monster' filmed for first time in Southern Ocean waters

'Headless chicken monster' filmed for first time in Southern Ocean waters

The species has only been previously seen in the Gulf of Mexico.

Real name Enypniastes eximia, commonly known as the "headless chicken sea monster", the deep-sea swimming creature is 11-25cm in length. The last place it was filmed was thousands of miles away in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago. "And we're trying to find them so that the fishing industry can avoid fishing on them".

"Some of the footage we are getting back from the cameras is breathtaking, including species we have never seen in this part of the world", programme leader Dr Dirk Welsford said.

It is hoped that the pioneering Australian camera technology that captured the rare footage of the organism, Enypniastes eximia, may help the long-running push for the creation of a new Antarctic conservation zone.

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The mesmerizing footage was filmed by Australian fishing cameras, according to the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), the public organization running the country's Antarctic program.

He describes the moment the poultry-like sea creature came into their view. The thing spends most of its time feeding off the ocean floor and it can swim if wants to move quickly, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This variety is more deep sea dwelling than most sea cucumbers, rarely seen at depths above 1,000 metres. The newspaper added that it was first spotted in the 1880s in Peruvian waters. Sea cucumbers are an important part of the marine ecosystem - they're sometimes referred to as the vacuum cleaners of the sea - but some are on the brink of extinction as the result of overfishing.

"The housing that protects the camera and electronics is created to attach to toothfish longlines in the Southern Ocean, so it needs to be extremely durable", said Australian Antarctic Division Program Leader Dr Dirk Welsford.

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