Even 4km down the underwater abyss off Australia, scientists found human rubbish

Even 4km down the underwater abyss off Australia, scientists found human rubbish

The peanut worm - or sipuncula - has been named that way because its resemblance to shelled peanuts, according to University of California's Museum of Paleontology.

Naturally, the entire internet has gone wild over the dong-shaped "Peanut Worm" - including the scientists who found it.

However, an global team of scientists who were sponsored by Museums Victoria and a government research organization spent over a month exploring the ocean floor off the coast down under, trying to find sea creatures and trying to learn how such animals adapted to survive there.

The creature is called peanut worm because, when feeling threatened, it contracts its head, taking the shape of a peanut kernel. These sipunculid worms make a group of unsegmented worms and there are about 320 different species of such worms lurking in deep sea. Ironically, it can reproduce asexually.

The creature, a peanut worm, was discovered by a team of scientists from Museums Victoria in Australia.

The scientists spent a month onboard their research vessel The Investigator while exploring the dark habitat, which sits 13,123 feet below the sea.

The expedition first gained some level of popularity when the team released a photo of the faceless fish, one of the most peculiar creatures they found in the abyss.

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The expedition's chief scientist Dr. Tim O'Hara noted, "Australia's deep-sea environment is larger in size than the mainland, and until now, nearly nothing was known about life on the abyssal plain".

About a third of the creatures the team brought back are species that have never been seen before. It was also a rare discovery.

"We're really excited about the discoveries that we've made and are thrilled that we can now share them with the Australian and global public", the Inquisitr reported.

Two-and-a-half miles below the ocean near Australia, there is crushing pressure, total darkness and a collection of some of the strangest creatures on the planet - if you're willing to go find them. The team hopes the new findings will help them gain more knowledge about the mysterious abyss and its wildlife.

Researchers dredged up the phallic creature during an expedition to the sea floor, which is apparently strewn with trash.

You can slake your curiosity on the gallery below, and a selection of the specimens will be on exhibit at Melbourne Museum later this year.

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