What do you even say to a headless swimming chicken?
Recently, a video surfaced showing what appeared to be a beet-red chicken swimming around in the ocean without its head. Enypniastes eximia, literally translating to “headless chicken monster,” has been filmed in the Southern Ocean waters off East Antarctica.
New camera technology, developed by Australian researchers, led to the discovery. The Enypniastes eximia was first caught on film in 2017 in the Gulf of Mexico, and this is the only other time the sea cucumber has been found. Australian Antarctic Division Program Leader Dr. Dirk Welsford said the cameras record important data for Southern Ocean conservation efforts.
“Some of the footage we are getting back from the cameras is breathtaking, including species we have never seen in this part of the world…It’s a really simple and practical solution which is directly contributing to improving sustainable fishing practices.”
These “breathtaking” species include the chicken monster, which caught the startled eye of Twitter users:
Dr. Welsford went on to describe the underwater camera technology as essential for the survival of a variety of creatures, saying, “It’s a really simple and practical solution which is directly contributing to improving sustainable fishing practices.”