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VATCH: Divers come face to face with an 8-meter sea creature


Screenshots from video

From the video, amorphous mud seems to be spreading on the mile while dragging through the water, by heating the two dives surrounding it.

For the 47-year-old videographer Steve Hathaway, observing October 25 near a small volcanic island, about 30 miles from the northernmost area of ​​New Zealand, has stopped a search that has lasted more than a decade.

"I always wanted to see him," Hathavai said in an interview on a 26-foot-long pirosom interview – a colony of small marine animals that connect to a free floating mass. Their mysterious properties and bioluminescent glow have prompted some scientists to call them "a bizarre unicorn at sea. They were said to have felt" as an excellent soft pen of paint. "

"I was surprised, it's like finding something you've been dreaming for so many years," he said.

Although they are often described as red
creatures, pirosomes are in fact closely related to humans. Some of the earliest reports of pyroids originate from the 1800s sailors who noticed their splendid splendor while sailing.

Hathaway said that he and his friend Andrew Buttle had recorded underwater footage for a promotional video about the White Island in New Zealand when they came across a sea creature. Buttle's family is the property of an island of thirties of the last century, containing an active volcano and a diverse flora and fauna.

Although he spent most of his 11-year career as a movie star – and swam with animals like whales – Hathavai said he never met a pirosa of any size until that moment.

When he became aware that he was lying on the bottom of the ocean below him, he knew that he must quickly start filming it.

"I was under water and I saw a lot of animals," he said. "I know that nature does not wait for anyone, and I could not go through this opportunity."

Hathaway said that Springtime on the island brings the richness of phytoplankton, which is fed to food, and perhaps explains the reason it came.

"The fish is growing on the White Island at all times, than elsewhere in New Zealand," said Hathawai, a New Zealand resident. "Location is rich in animal feed around the island."

Linsei Sala, a scientist at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in California, said that although all piroses do not grow as the size of a Hathavai, some found near New Zealand and Australia can "become quite large", in some cases reaching more than 45 and 60 meters.

Pyrosomers consist of thousands of individual creatures, called zooids, which help pyroly food and move through the ocean through jet drive, Sala said. Although the visibility of pyrosomes is not usually rare, they are usually seen by divers and other people who spend a lot of time in the water.

"I would say it is extremely and exciting to come across a pirosomic colony of size," Sala said.

Fascinated by the world's oceans as a young man, Hathaway said he would read stories about people who turned to oceanic adventures with a sense of envy, and was especially fascinated by the marlin who "had a dream of himself."

He went to the Young Ocean Explorers, a platform for fun and a story for kids that encourages them to love the oceans and marine life. Hathaway said he hoped that catching picosom on video would cause interest in others, similar to how Marlin's pictures intrigued him as a child.

"It was always that I wanted to go see these things for myself, and then share them with others," Hathavai said. "Even the most distinguished person in the world could not describe the creature we have recorded."

The Washington Post

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