Scientists discover terrifying new sea species that looks exactly like the iconic monster from Alien

By Charlie Sawyer

Published Aug 14, 2023 at 01:19 PM

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If you’re a horror film fanatic you will have definitely seen the film Alien. The 1979 sci-fi/horror movie is considered a cult classic, particularly in regard to its depiction of flesh-eating monsters. So, how would you feel if I told you that marine biologists had discovered a real-life sea creature that happens to look creepily similar to the infamous facehugger monster from the film…? Not great, huh?

Lurking in the dark depths of the Antarctica sea lies a creature that you wouldn’t particularly want to bump into while snorkelling. According to UNILAD, the monster was first discovered during a series of expeditions that occurred between 2008 and 2017.

The research team who stumbled across the creature, consisting of Emily McLaughlin, Nerida Wilson and Greg Rouse, had gone out in search of cryptic sea animals, and they sure found one.

On the expedition, the group found eight totally unique species, including four which have never before been named by scientists. One of them has been named Promachocrinus fragarius, or the Antarctic strawberry feather star—a pretty tame name considering what the creature looks like:

The creature is said to be incredibly large, have 20 arms, and can live up to 6,500 feet below the water’s surface. The animal can also vary in colour, from light brown and purple, all the way to a dark red.

We’ve always known that the ocean holds a myriad of mysteries we’ve yet to uncover, including a number of sea creatures hidden beneath the rocks and reefs—some terrifying, some beautiful. That being said, if you’re ever going for a dip and spot something resembling a gargantuan aggressive octopus, I’d try to swim away as fast as you can.

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