'Headless chicken monster' filmed near Antarctica for the first time

‘Headless chicken monster’ spotted off east Antarctica for the first time

Usually it is too cold and too deep for camera equipment to film down there, but specialist casing for their cameras means scientists can now study the sea cucumber in its natural environment.

It has been caught on film only once before, past year in the Gulf of Mexico.

It has now been captured by Australian researchers in the Southern Ocean.

Australia's commissioner for the meeting will push for a new East Antarctic Marine Protected Area.

This is the first time the odd-looking animal has been spotted in the area; it has previously been seen only in the Gulf of Mexico, with its first sighting dating back to 1984.

"It looks a bit like a chicken just before you put it in oven", Dirk Welsford, the program leader for the Australian Antarctic Division, told The New York Times.

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The Australian government announced Sunday that researchers discovered the headless chicken monster, as it's widely known, swimming in the depths of the Southern Ocean off east Antarctica.

But others haven't quite embraced the discovery yet.

The program leader for Australian Antarctic Division, Dr. Dirk Welsford, said the cameras are capturing important data which is being fed into the global body managing the Southern Ocean, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). Sea cucumbers are an important part of the marine ecosystem-they're sometimes referred to as the vacuum cleaners of the sea-but some are on the brink of extinction as the result of overfishing.

Programme Leader Dr Dirk Welsford said the cameras are capturing important data which is being fed into the worldwide body managing the Southern Ocean, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.

These proposals are among a number of measures Australia will put forward during the 10-day meeting, including proposals to improve the way CCAMLR responds to the impacts of climate change.

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