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‘Headless chicken monster’ caught on video near Antarctica

With Halloween just around the corner, it seems apt that scientists have caught a monster on camera. Enypniastes eximia, a deep-sea cucumber known colloquially as the “headless chicken monster” for its strange shape and movement, was recorded on video this week in the Southern Ocean near East Antarctica, Earther reports. The elusive cucumber was filmed last year feeding in the Gulf of Mexico, but this marks the first time it’s been filmed in Antarctic waters. The underwater camera technology used to spot the critter was originally developed to help guide commercial long-line fishing, but is now being used by Australian researchers to gather information on the health of the Antarctic marine ecosystem.

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