The longest creature to date measures 50 meters: that’s all we know

During a month-long scientific expedition aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Falkor research vessel and exploring submarine canyons near Ningaloo in the Indian Ocean, a siphonophore of about 50 meters was discovered, apparently the longest animal ever recorded.

Some 175 species of siphonophores have been described, and some specimens can reach 40 meters in length (so far).

ROV SuBastian

Using an underwater robot, the ROV SuBastian, during the expedition, 20 dives were made to depths of up to 4,500 meters during 181 hours of exploration. Thanks to this, the siphonophore in question was discovered, among other creatures of great scientific interest.

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Using the SuBastian underwater robot, scientists can for the first time explore canyons and deep-sea coral reefs in Australia that have never been seen before.

The largest specimen of the giant siphonophore Apolemia ever recorded, the video of which was posted on the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Twitter account, you can see below:

Check out this magnificent * giant * siphonophore apolemia recorded during the #NingalooCanyons expedition. It seems likely that this specimen is the largest ever recorded, and in a strange feeding posture similar to that of a UFO. Thanks @Caseywdunn for info @wamuseum @GeoscienceAus @CurtinUni @Scripps_Ocean pic.twitter.com/QirkIWDu6S

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