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Thanks to new underwater camera technology, the elusive “headless chicken monster” has, for the first time, been captured on film in the Southern Ocean. The unusual creature—technically a deep-sea sea cucumber (Enypniastes eximia)—was previously recorded last year in the Gulf of Mexico, a long way from east Antarctica. Developed by the Australian Antarctic Division in partnership with the commercial longline fishing industry, the cameras assist in fisheries management. “All around the Antarctic, there are areas known as ‘vulnerable marine ecosystems,'” fisheries technician Tim Lamb explained. “And we’re trying to find them so that the fishing industry can avoid fishing on them.” The video equipment, deployed on fishing gear to depths up to 1.8 miles, feed data to the Commision for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), which manages the Southern Ocean.
probably not something you want to chop up and put in a salad...