Giant Nocturnal Sea Worm Is Seen During The Day By Two Lucky Divers

You never quite know what you are going to see when you are spending some time diving in the ocean.

It always helps to have a video rolling, and thanks to a pair of divers who were diving off the coast of New Zealand in 2019, we all are being treated to a unique and unusual occurrence.

Those divers saw something unusual and they decided to swim and to get a closer look. As it turns out, it was a pyrosome, a giant creature that is translucent, pink, and somewhat resembles a worm.

Photo: YouTube/National Geographic

This particular creature was 26 feet in length and was so big that they could have passed through it.

The men knew what it was and they also recognized how rare of a sight was unfolding in front of them. Typically, pyrosome only come out at night, where they swim up to the surface of the ocean and dive back down again when the sun comes up in the morning.

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They are known by a variety of names, including sea squirt, and cockroaches of the sea.

Photo: YouTube/National Geographic

Pyrosome isn’t a single creature, but like others, they are made up of thousands of little creatures known as zooids. Those creatures join with each other to create the large framework and they move about through the ocean at night to eat anything that comes their way, such as plankton.

When the divers went over to the creature, they called the experience “pretty incredible,” according to National Geographic. They were able to see hundreds of thousands of the tiny creatures that made up the larger wormlike structure.

Photo: YouTube/National Geographic

These giant sea creatures also have other characteristics that make them unique, such as their ability to glow (bioluminescence) and reproduce asexually, as well as sexually.

This particular creature was spotted about 30 miles off the coast of New Zealand. There is a lot of sea life in the area, thanks to the volcanic waters.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Hathaway has spent 11 years shooting video of various animals in the area, including whales. We are thankful that he captured this video for us to enjoy. Check it out below:

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