Crazy New Sea Creature Deified As ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’

If BP footage can prove anything, it is that the flying spaghetti monster has not yet “boiled for your sins.”

The video footage below shows what Dr. Daniel Jones of the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton believes to be the species Bathyphysa conifera, spotted off of Angola as per the Washington Post. It was BP workers who captured the footage in sea depths of over 4,000 feet. They nicknamed the seemingly-gelatinous creature the “Flying Spaghetti Monster,” after the satirical and fictitious Internet deity to which it bares an uncanny…and noodly…resemblance.

That’s right, the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been caught on film, and it has only taken seven years to find him. Quite unlike the hide-and-seek games played by Bigfoot, unicorns, Santa, mermaids, and Nessie, WWFSMD? Why, he would swim right up to an oil rig and pose for ready cameras, that’s what.

The short story, abridged from Wikipedia, is that the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster was created by a guy named Bobby Henderson in protest of the theory of creationism being taught in schools. His letter went viral and the flying spaghetti monster became an Internet phenomenon, creating pseudo-Pastafarians worldwide. The concept is now used to mock religion in general, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.

This little floating spaghetti monster is becoming a star in its own right. Footage of the little bundle of noodles was taken during oil rig maintenance using a deep sea remotely-operated underwater vehicle, or ROV.

New Scientist reports that a team from BP “passed the video” to Jones, who is a deep-sea animal researcher. Members of a unique project called Serpent, Jones and his team use videos taken by oil companies and other divers working in the deep sea to identify rare or previously-unseen marine life.

It was fellow Serpent team member Philip Pugh, one of Jones’ colleagues, who categorized the animal. Pugh deduced that it was a specimen of Bathyphysa conifera after noticing that the tentacles of the filmed creature did not have side branches.

Bathyphysa conifera is part of the order Siphonophorae. Siphonophores may look a lot like jellyfish, their not too distant cousins, but they stand alone as a separate species. Siphonophores clone themselves as part of the growing process. One siphonophore does not have a single animal body. It is actually a symbiotic colony of several organisms, sometimes thousands of them, and the colonies can grow to be the longest animals in the sea.

These creatures that comprise the whole cannot function separately, so the colony functions as a single organism, some having feeding functions, others having reproductive functions.

The most famous Siphonophore is the deadly Portuguese man o’ war.

If the supposed siphonophore has done anything, he/she/they has given hope that there is a God and that He has a sense of humor when it comes to putting a ‘face’ to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

[Image used via cited source – Jones, D.O.B., Gates, A.R., Curry, R.A., Thomson, M., Pile, A., Benfield, M. (Eds) (2009). SERPENT project]