Rare and bizarre tentacle-trailing sea creature caught on video, expedition scientist’s ‘mind is blown’

New footage showing a giant, peculiar-looking tentacled sea creature floating languidly in the depths of the Pacific Ocean has left researchers questioning if what they’re seeing is a new species.

A team of scientists spotted the strange animal while on board the E/V Nautilus, a research vessel used by the Ocean Exploration Trust — a nonprofit organization conducting deep-sea research. In a recently released video (opens in new tab), the expedition researchers oohed and aahed as images of the bizarre creature came into focus. “My mind is blown right now,” one of the scientists on board can be heard saying off-camera, as the boat’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) scanned the ocean floor and inched closer to the strange sight. “I’m not on the edge of my seat or nothing,” another scientist quipped.   

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