IBTimes UK, which first reported on the curious sea creature, shared a photo of the peanut worm from the expedition.
A group of scientists working with Museums Victoria recently conducted an expedition near eastern Australia into a deep sea area nicknamed “the Abyss” – a habitat 4000 metres below the surface that’s virtually unexplored.
Among those uncovered is the peanut worm, which also notable for closely resembling the human penis. It quickly captured the public’s attention.
According to scientists, peanut worm-found in an abyss off Australia’s east coast-takes the shape of a peanut when threatened, by retracting its mushroom cap head within its body shaft. Sipunculid worms (as this is the official, more scientific name) consists of 144 to 320 different unsegmented worm species. Ironically, it can reproduce asexually.
The researchers who found the creatures were aboard The Investigator, a research vessel which, this month, submerged at 4,000 meters below sea level and explored the mysterious marine creatures which populate the area.
The team had recently released a picture of a weird faceless fish that was also found in the abyss.
It appears this particular one bears quite the resemblance to a penis.
“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”, Dr. Tim O’Hara, the expedition’s Chief Scientist and Museums Victoria’s Senior Curator of Marine Invertebrates, said.
“We’re really excited about the discoveries that we’ve made and are thrilled that we can now share them with the Australian and worldwide public”, the Inquisitr reported. Today, around a third of the species that the team brought back had never been seen before, and will then be sent to Australian laboratories for further probe.
Some of the strange-looking creatures, for instance, will be exhibited at Museums Victoria in the following months, while others will be stored in its natural science collection.