BP Crew Videotapes Spaghetti-like “Monster” Near Angola

By on August 17, 2015 // Science // 3 Comments

What terrors await us in the depths of the ocean? Giant spider crabs? Grotesque goblin sharks? …animate spaghetti?

Sure, why not? A video showcasing a bizarre underwater spaghetti creature was uploaded to YouTube on August 6, 2015.

The creature, filmed by workers affiliated with the oil and gas company BP on June 15, 2015, was located near the coast of Angola, a country in southern Africa. Stunned by its pasta-like features, the crew took to calling it the “Flying Spaghetti Monster,” in reference to the satirical religion Pastafarianism (or the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster).

The creature was later identified by the National Oceanography Centre’s SERPENT Project. It’s a type of animal known as a siphonophore, specifically Bathyphysa conifer, which lives deep in the ocean. This one was found 1,325m (over 4,000ft) below.

What’s most interesting about Bathyphysa conifer is that it’s a “colonial animal,” which according to the Christian Science Monitor is made up of “many different multicellular organisms known as zooids.” Together, these zooids form a larger, more complex organism — in this case, one that looks like some kind of spilled spaghetti abomination.

// via Christian Science Monitor and SERPENT Project

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.

  • Kayla

    Hmm what an odd looking little spaghetti creature this is! I suppose though that is to be expected when you’re a Flying Spaghetti Monster! Interesting and informative read. The link at the end gave some good back ground information too. I have just recently discovered this site- I am really enjoying it so far! I like the way you write about those topics that shall remain open for eternal debate, as it’s with an open mind that considers both sides of the fence.

    • Rob

      Thanks, Kayla!

      I write about the paranormal because I find it fun (and, you know, interesting), so I don’t really approach it as a skeptic or a believer. I just try to be fair to both sides and leave judgment up to the readers. Seems to work out well enough.

      Glad you like the website!

    • Kayla

      That is exactly why it works! Especially on some of these kinds of topics. People could argue about time traveling or aliens until the end of time! (No pun intended 🙂