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Scientists capture the version of SpongeBob in real life

Scientists capture the version of SpongeBob in real life

Jul 302021

The species were detected by a deep exploration mission off the US east coast.

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An exploration mission, conducted between June 30 and July 29 of this year by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to great depths in the Atlantic, detected two Sea creatures similar to the main characters of the cartoon television series 'SpongeBob SquarePants'.

The curious image was captured at 1,885 meters above the slope of the Retriever seamount and 322 kilometers from New York by a submersible robot controlled remotely from the exploration ship Okeanos Explorer.

In it you can see a porifer - popularly known as a sea sponge - of the species 'Hertwigia falcifera', detailed marine biologist Christopher Mah, who shared the photo.

 

And next to the live version of 'SpongeBob' was a starfish of the Chondraster species, which served as inspiration for the character of Patrick.

But since porifers are part of the starfish diet, it is likely that this real-life 'Patrick' - unlike the animated series, where they are both best friends - has approached 'SpongeBob' with the mere intention of feeding.

 

Scientists capture the version of SpongeBob in real life

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