In the deep, something beyond belief stirs. Its bundled mass has strands poking out of it and stringy bits trailing after it. And a group of researchers decided to honor its noodle-like nature by dubbing it after an equally tendrilled hero: The flying spaghetti monster.
You might recognize the flying spaghetti monster from the parody religion, pastafarianism. It is featured in a parody of Michelangelo’s iconic painting: The Creation of Adam.
Touched by His Noodly Appendage. Arne Niklas Jansson. Wikimedia Commons.
The perplexing creature has been caught on camera by Daniel Jones from the National Oceanography Centre, 125 meters (410 ft) below the surface of the ocean, just off the coast of Angola. The species name is Bathyphysa conifera, which belongs to the phylum that includes more familiar sea inhabitants: corals, sea anemones and jellyfish.
Screenshot from video of the flying spaghetti monster. SERPENT Project, National Oceanography Centre, BP Exploration (Angola) Limited and Sonangol.
Whether you believe in the flying spaghetti monster or not, you can still see it drifting eerily through the water in this video.
[H/T: National Oceanography Centre]