A group of scientists from Museums Victoria in Australia have just returned home from a month-long exhibition that took place 4,000 metres below sea level in an area known as “the abyss.”
And although the name may sound slightly daunting, what they discovered was far from it.
Among sea pigs, faceless fish and a new species of octopus was a more “stimulating” discovery: the peanut worm.
If it’s supposed to resemble a peanut, it’s certainly the most well-endowed peanut we’ve ever seen.
— IBTimes UK (@IBTimesUK) June 17, 2017
“What can we say?” stated Museums Victoria on Twitter. “Our scientists went deep.”
They sure did. Looks like the research vessel, The Investigator, that discovered this creature really did go all in.
But all jokes aside, it’s important to learn a few cold, hard (no pun intended) facts about this scientific discovery. For one thing, the peanut worm actually got its name because of its ability to contract its long head inwards when threatened, resembling a small peanut.
Now that’s what we call survival shrinkage.
On top of that, they can also reproduce both sexually and asexually.
But let’s be honest, no amount of scientific truth can make this cheeky creature any less of a punchline. And you can bet that Twitter went nuts over it.
me jumping into the sea in Australia pic.twitter.com/JakKvvwzYP
— Mascha (@BrookeMedusa) June 17, 2017
What is this one called? Dildofilphora?
— SC (@2xAught7) June 18, 2017
That’s down under alright…..
— Bespoke Tweets (@TomKolovosTKO) June 18, 2017
Suddenly, the ocean doesn’t seem like such a terrifying place.
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