That is the terrifying second a diver got here nose to nose with a mysterious 30-foot “sea serpent” that resembled a large condom.
Ben Laurie, 21, encountered the weird creature whereas diving close to Cape Brett on New Zealand’s North Island.
Ben, from Kerikeri, New Zealand, stated: “We had been diving there for kingfish and we had plugged a pair, after which we had been arising from one of many dives when my buddy noticed this factor.
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“It did look nearly like an enormous condom. It was 10 meters lengthy (roughly 33 ft) and nearly half a meter (1.6 ft) huge, and it was simply flowing with the tide.”
Ben, who has years of expertise within the water and is an envoy for the WildBlue dive store, stated he had seen nothing prefer it.
He added: “I did not know what it was on the time, so it was fairly a complicated factor.
“We get these little like plankton build-ups – they’re like small stringy issues however they’re solely like 20 cm. (7.eight inches) lengthy – so I assumed it was simply a big one in all them.
“However one of many guys touched it and stated it wasn’t tender in any respect, it was extra like a cardboard type of texture.”
The truth is, the creature is believed to be a pyrosome — a floating colony comprising billions of sea squirts.
It feeds by filtering microscopic plant cells out of the ocean, with every squirt drawing in water from outdoors the pyrosome after which releasing the filtered water contained in the colony.
He stated: “Apparently they solely come from depths of two,000 meters (roughly 6,500 ft), so it is fairly uncommon for them to be up within the shallows like that.
“It will need to have been sick or one thing.
“As soon as it will get a bit too excessive, as a result of it is received extra of a softer texture, the fish appear to eat it, in order that’s why it stays deep.”
In any case, Ben is aware of he was fortunate to make such a novel sighting.
Ben stated scientist informed him it was “a once-in-a-lifetime uncommon factor to see.”
This story initially appeared in The Solar.