Oh, who lives in a pineapple under the sea … around the Retriever Seamount 200 miles off the coast of New England in the Atlantic Ocean?
Well, according to a marine biologist, it’s SpongeBob Squarepants and his partner, Patrick Star.
The yellow and pink duo of the iconic children’s cartoon were spotted side by side by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) remote-controlled submersible launched from the Okeanos Explorer, just as they share the same block in their fictional home in Fondo. of Bikini. .
A starfish expert quickly spotted the image taken by the submersible and shared it on Twitter, commenting on the striking resemblance the two lifeforms shared with their cartoon counterparts.
– Christopher Mah (@echinoblog) July 27, 2021
“I thought it would be fun to do the comparison, which for once was comparable to the iconic images / colors of cartoon characters,” Mah said. Well-informed person.
While discovering the actual location of SpongeBob’s house, the NOAA team was mapping the seamounts and canyons from the Mid-Atlantic, to the lightless depths where these creatures prefer to live.
More or less a square sponge that anyone will see (animals are usually round, oblong, or shapeless), Mah identified the sponge as the genus Hertwigia, It normally appears white or orange to blend in with its surroundings.
He also identified the starfish seen doing nothing for his fictional neighbor as Condraster known to be pink in color and to use suction cups on the bottom of their limbs to move around the ocean floor.
Those blessed with memories of the show will remember the few episodes that take place in “Rock Bottom,” a terrifying city full of bottom-dwelling fish, representing the Benthic Zone.
That’s more like it when it comes to real sponges and stars, and where the sub was heading when it spotted the real-life versions.
Also, although Patrick and SpongeBob were inseparable companions on the show, the actual relationship between these organisms is more akin to that of a lion and a wildebeest. Starfish are predators and will eat sponges if they can find them.
Along with this delightful discovery, the Okeanos Explorer hopes to uncover many more secrets of the deep North Atlantic through the ASPIRE program of scientific search and discovery.
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