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Ocean Blob Creature From The Deep Sea Puzzles Experts, Oceaneering Quiet

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A company called Oceaneering has a video that has gone loose and almost viral as experts try to figure out what is moving in the deep ocean. The bizarre ocean blob has been called everything from a whale placenta, jellyfish, fishing net or even an ET or extra terrestrial animal.

Full Ocean Blob Video Below

The video is tagged with deep sea diving information surrounding the video like, “Dive Number: 135” and a recording date of April 25th, 2012. The original video that was released on YouTube has been closed and made private. Now there is a couple more videos floating around with one being 36 seconds long and the other 6 minutes and 29 seconds. One of the original videos still remains on the website LiveLeak.com as well.

Ocean Blob Appendages

The video has a company logo insignia on the bottom left hand corner that reads Oceaneering. The company’s webpage says, “Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense and aerospace industries.” The company is even traded on the NYSE under Oceaneering International, Inc NYSE: OII with a current price of 49.46 and after hours trading at 49.75.

Ocean Alien Organs

The most plausible explanation to most people is that the ocean blog is a whale placenta. The theories on the mystery whale placenta get fuzzy however when all of the lined and odd shaped markings are seen in the video. The ocean monster seems to churn, turn and twist at will as the video and light shine on it.

Ocean Blob Organs

The website Snopes has it’s own experts that believe it’s a fishing net or fabric that is floating around. It doesn’t seem to be fabric or a fishing net however due to the ocean blob organs that show themselves as it twists open a folded up underside showing white textured pieces. Still, one commenter says, “The hexagonal grid that’s highly visible from around 1:45-2:00 makes me think that it’s a fishing net.” Another commenter named Richard W goes on to speculate that it just may be CGI or another Hollywood film being planned, “Although those white bits and the structure at the end are a little weird. Maybe CGI after all? Isn’t James Cameron planning another underwater adventure film?”

Ocean Mystery Organs

Mystery Ocean Blob Organs

Deep Ocean Monster Tentacle

Either way this one sure is a mystery at this point. The ocean mystery blob or jellyfish is something people can’t decide on. Now everyone is waiting for Oceaneering to explain where the mystery ocean animal was filmed. With the organs and tentacles that are shown near the end it certainly seems to debunk the idea that it’s simply a fishing net. It starts to seem more of an ocean alien floating around the deep sea.

Cascade Creature

Underwater camera captures a mysterious object

Creature could be a jellyfish – but it appears to have organs.

It could be a discarded whale placenta – but it has strange markings

It could be a fishing net – but it seems to move under its own control.
A mysterious ocean ‘blob’ has been recorded by a deep-sea remote-controlled underwater camera.

The creature looks like nothing seen before, with speculators suggesting it is everything from a jellyfish to the remains of a whale placenta.

While, at a quick glance, the description of a jellyfish makes sense, the creature has organs and appendages never spotted on a jellyfish before.

Meanwhile it could be a whale placenta, but if that is the case then the hexagonal shapes on the skin are a mystery.

If it is a jellyfish, it might be a Stygiomedusa Gigantea. This type of jellyfish – which can grow up to six metres in length – has only been spotted 114 times in 110 years, so details on it are scant.

But again, the appendages get in the way.

Another suggestion is Deepstaria Enigmatica, another rarely-studied jellyfish, which like most of its kind is colourless, but has been reported to have a brown stomach, with one description saying the passages to the stomach are ‘somewhat irregular-edged, forming a reticulate network’.

This might explain the hexagonal markings on the top of the creature.

Those markings lead one commentator on the website Snopes – which tries to debunk or confirm rumours – to suggest this is simply nothing more than a fishing net.

But again, the appendages get in the way.

Mysterious Blob Filmed In The Deep Ocean (Cascade Creature)

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  1. reidh

    August 8, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I would go with the guy who claims that the viewing device is an ROV and the appearant movement by the object looked like water was being moved to flow by it. And I think the guy is correct about the nature of what that object is. But don’t the people running this ocean based technology “Oceaneering” inc. or LLC don’t they employ any effing scientists who would know whether that object was a whale placenta or no?They don’t don’t obviously give a fuc*

  2. Oilman

    May 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Hey guys and gals! I feel that I may be of some assistance to this conversation. I work in the deep water offshore oil business and am offshore a lot. I see these ROVs all of the time and have watched many hours of ROV operations. Let’s hit some high points.
    This is an oceaneering work class ROV on a drilling operation for petrobras
    It is looking at a drilling riser at a depth of approx 5000 ft
    It is ascending when it passes this blob
    The blob moves away and then returns, probably due to the passage of the ROV and the vortex created by its passage and thrusters. These ROVs are very powerful and are bigger than a large suv, they move a lot of water
    Later most of the movement you see of the blob is due to the thrusters of the ROV trying to keep station in front of the blob.
    As far as this being a fishing net it also is not, fishing nets are not parachutes, they are a web to allow the passage of water through through the net and catch fish, this would be the worst net ever.
    I believe the placenta or no longer living organic tissue theory as it just appears to be floating along on the current. The tentacle at the end look like the point where is was joined to the uterus of the original animal.
    You see some crazy things with these ROVs and this is not the wildest I’ve seen.

  3. Doreen

    May 29, 2012 at 9:36 am

    People saying this is a “fishing net” is as absurd as those that say it’s swamp gas or a weather balloon, when it is CLEARLY something else! I’ve never seen a whale placenta, but would accept that as a more educated guess than a fishing net. There is so much we don’t know (but think we do) about our Planet and the deep, vast sea.You oceanographers keep speculating-your info is interesting and worth reading. Those that still think the world is flat…just shut up and go back to your Reality TV!

  4. Rascal

    May 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    It looks like a placenta that has been stretched thin and washed out by the ocean waves. The so called tentacles look like where it would have been attached to the uterus and has a remnant of an umbilical cord showing. It was not moving on it’s own. It looked to be floating on the ocean’s currents and in response to the movement of the camera that will inadvertently cause water movement causing the placenta to move.

  5. Simon

    May 14, 2012 at 7:29 am

    this is some kind of plant-animal. It uses it’s huge “wing”span to float around, to catch micro organisms and maybe even sunlight although it’s suggested that this is well below the 200m depth mark.. so that leaves us with chemotrophs. It also looks like a mix between a sea cucumber and a giant mushroom. Actually maybe just a sea cucumber with a large “fin”? Which it uses to float across the oceans like a deep sea sailor or pirate?
    Remember that giant octopus they captured on tape with deep sea drilling a while back? One thing’s for sure james cameron is jealous as f***.

  6. Deep Stroke

    May 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    This is some new s*** reality has introduced, there’s much more down there folks. Stop trying to explain what it is as something we’ve seen before.

  7. Cathy Church

    May 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Most of the motion that I saw was clearly from the thrusters of the ROV. We really had no indication of independent movement. We saw translucent hexagonal lines so it cannot be a fishing net, as they are an open weave. You can’t catch stuff in something that is solid. The dual organs, reminiscent of vertebrate fish claspers was certainly not just random trash like a plastic bag. Many tunicates have hexagonal designs on the tunic, and some are pelagic and thin, and they are all quite complex organisms in the phyla Chordata — the precursor to the vertebrates. To me, that is the closest thing I can think of. This is fun.

    • Cathy Church

      May 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      On second thought, since I have never seen a whale placenta, I can certainly see how this could be one. At the very end, as the cord appears, I can see what they mean. And since this is quite large, in comparison to the equipment shown in the beginning, I think my tunicate idea may be far off the mark.

  8. Lothar King of the Hillpeople

    May 11, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I for one, welcome our underwater jelly overlords.

  9. Judi J

    May 11, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    What ever it is, I like it. It does seem to be alive and I hope it is. What a wonderful world.

  10. Alana

    May 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I think it’s a coelenterate similar to a jellyfish. One sees that hexagonal pattern in coral (also coelenterata) , and it’s repeated a lot in nature. It also seems to have a smooth consistency, rather than holes. Wish we knew how big it is! Its motion does remind me of a nudibranch but form follows function. If it’s a hoax, it’s a good one, and if not, it’s an interesting problem. Yay for interesting problems!

  11. Charles

    May 11, 2012 at 9:17 am

    How about a type of nudibranch? The spanish dancer is similar yet much smaller. Id there a size associated with the creature?

  12. Zak

    May 11, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Maybe it’s a weather balloon. Or a flock of geese through a thermocline. Or a crashed zeppelin

  13. Wendy M

    May 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Wow,
    Now THAT is too cool for school. A really truly U L F (Unidentified Life Form

  14. brian Biehl

    May 10, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Well boys, if that’s a fishing net then its pretty d@mn weird and must be set on seek and destroy. First off it seems to have mobility not due to some sea currents. Having taken a fair bit of marine biology in Uni, I would say a jelly fish is exactly what it is, or a slightly higher phyla perhaps. Those appendages look like reproductive organ to me… gonads that is.
    Looks like the rise of the jelly fish has started! Thanks to our pollution of the oceans, creating anoxic dead zones, we may be seeing more of these little fellas.
    How appropriate it seems to have been filmed about an oil drill pipe, one of the main causes of global warming.
    go solar now and get ahead of this fossil curve before we all choke on our own hydrocarbons.

  15. Terry M

    May 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    That is NOT a fishing net. You people are f**king crazy. Look at those organs and that arm that reaches out in the videos. Aliens are among us.

    • Clifton Harrington

      May 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      Great Scott Mr. Terry M you are an absolute lunatic. It’s obvious it’s a fishing net. Take your tinfoil hat and go hide in a cave. Seriously, people like you scare me for our future.

    • ted

      May 11, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      To Clifton: how does it feel to know an “absolute lunatic” gets a higher rating than you and probably has a more believable explanation?

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Facial Recognition To Be Used In Panda Conservation

A group of researchers in China have develop an app to track pandas using facial recognition technology. Click To Tweet

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A group of researchers in China have develop an app to track pandas using facial recognition technology.
There are currently 67 panda nature reserves in China, an increase of 27 since the last report. Photo: WWF Website

While facial recognition technology is widely frowned upon when used against humans, it could be an ally for conservators of giant pandas in China.

A group of researchers from the China Conservation and Research Centre for Giant Pandas have developed an app that could recognize individual pandas using facial recognition technology. The app will draw from more than 120,000 images and video clips of giant pandas to identify the animals that are living in the wild.

According to a census conducted last 2004 by the Chinese government, there are approximately 1,864 pandas live in the wild. That’s a 16.8% increase since the last survey released in 2003. The country has taken a proactive role in conservation efforts, announcing last year that it would build a 10,476-square-mile panda reserve called the Giant Panda National Park at the cost of at least 10 billion yuan ($1.45 billion).

“The latest rise in the estimate is particularly encouraging, as the 2004 increase was in large part down to researchers using better techniques and surveying a wider area. The new figures show that the hard work of the Chinese government, local communities, nature reserve staff, and WWF is paying off,” wrote WWF.

Camera traps in China have captured images and video footage of giant pandas that are often difficult to see in the wild. The photographs and video are some of the most amazing photos ever of pandas and other species in their remote habitat, which were caught on film as part of long-term wildlife monitoring projects set up in panda nature reserves by the Chinese government and WWF.

Camera trap footage of a Giant Panda scenting a tree is marking his territory to attract female pandas. © Anzihe Nature Reserve

“These photos offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives of giant pandas, as well as other animals, which are difficult to see in the wild,” says Dr. Sybille Klenzendorf, managing director of WWF’s species program. “They demonstrate that by saving the iconic giant panda, we secure a vibrant future for other incredible wildlife, wild places, and people – it’s the best kind of win-win proposition.”

The development of the new facial recognition app will presumably help conservationist monitor their programs by keeping track of how many pandas are left. It will also provide significant insight regarding the breeding program that conservationist has been implementing to encourage an increase in the panda population.

“he app and database will help us gather more precise and well-rounded data on the population, distribution, ages, gender ratio, birth and deaths of wild pandas, who live in deep mountains and are hard to track,” Chen Peng, a researcher at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas, said.

This is not the first time that facial recognition technology has been used against animals. According to several reports, facial technology has been used in Italy as part of an app that can match photos of lost pets from those that are in shelters and to determine a cat apart from other feline species.

Nonetheless, the use of facial technology in China is a complicated issue. Many nations have been vocal in their accusations that the Chinese government and Xi Jinping is using the technology against people’s consent for the government to spy on its citizens.

Meanwhile, facial recognition technology is also something frowned upon in Western governments. Last week, San Francisco, one of the technology capitals of the world, has voted to ban the police and city agencies from using facial recognition technologies against their people. The groundbreaking vote aims to become a model in other city and states as San Francisco recognizes the harms that an unregulated technology can have over people’s privacy.

The science and tech community has not failed to become wary over facial recognition technology and has urged companies to stop selling their versions of the technology to law enforcement agencies. Recently, a study from the Georgetown Law School has revealed that police have been feeding images of celebrities and composite and computer-generated suspect sketches to the facial recognition system to generate possible matches.

While using the technology on animals does not necessarily have direct harms, many experts have argued that governments can use the camera set up for animal facial recognition systems against humans and could be exploited. Nevertheless, the possible use of facial recognition by conservators might be the hope of the giant panda population.

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Warming Oceans Threaten Global Fisheries, Study Reveals

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Our fisheries are facing the consequences of global warming through warming oceans

People have depended on fish and other seafood for sustenance since the prehistoric people learned how to fish. Early civilizations are built in river banks and coastal regions because fishing is much sustainable the hunting. However, as society progress, the more than fishes and other marine animals become at risk. Thanks to climate change.

This reality was revealed by the extensive analysis of recent trends in marine biodiversity. The increasing temperatures in seas have reduced the productivity of some fisheries by 15% to 35% over the last eight decades, although there are fish species that are thriving in warm waters.

According to the study, the net effect is that the world’s oceans cannot produce as much sustainable seafood as before. It also warns that the situation is likely to worsen as the problem is quickly accelerating in the oceans.

However, the study also suggests that well-managed fisheries are thriving and have become more resilient to the rising water temperature, says Rainer Froese, a marine ecologist with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, who was not involved in the work. “We have to stop overfishing to let the gene pool survive, so that [the fish] can adapt to climate change,” he says. “We have to give them a break.”

As cold-blooded animals, fish mirror the temperature of the water they swim in. When the water gets too warm, the enzymes they use for digestion and other functions are less efficient, impairing growth and reproduction. Also, warm water contains less oxygen, a further stressor.

Despite these well-known problems, only a few scientists have looked into the impact of climate change on the world’s oceans in terms of fishery production.
Chris Free, a fisheries scientist, dove into the topic for his dissertation at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He created a computer model of the way fish populations respond to temperature, relying on a large database of scientific assessments of stocks that represent roughly a third of the fish caught around the world. Free, now a postdoc at the University of California, Santa Barbara, looked for patterns of how these stocks had responded to changes in sea surface temperature.

“Managing a stock of fish, in simple terms, is like withdrawing cash from a bank account that earns interest. Each year, a certain amount can be caught by fishing boats without depleting the stock—that portion is known as the maximum sustainable yield. A more productive fishery—where the water temperature is optimal and food plentiful, for example—is like a bank account with a higher interest rate, which means more fish can be sustainably caught.” said Erik Stokstad in an article published in ScienceMag.

The study of Free and his colleagues revealed that: “Out of 235 stocks, Free and his colleagues found a few winners. Nine stocks had become on average 4% more productive. These stocks are in places where rising temperatures have made too-cold water more suitable for fish, such as far north and south of the equator. Off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, for example, the maximum sustainable yield has increased by 14% since 1930. And fishing there could get even better. According to the new research, the productivity of Greenland halibut will increase 51% with each degree Celsius of warming. That’s like getting a big, fat boost to the interest rate on your saving account.”

“This local good news is outweighed by 19 stocks elsewhere that are on average 8% less productive than before. Many of these are around northern Europe and Japan, and they will likely continue to decline as their environment continues to heat up. Boats chasing Atlantic cod in the Irish Sea face a particularly grim future: The maximum sustainable yield of this stock will shrink by 54% for each additional degree of warming, the team reports today in Science.”

According to Free, the overall decline will most likely to steepen. Since 1930, average sea surface temperatures have risen by about 0.5°C. By the end of this century, more than three times that amount of warming will likely happen, and marine heat waves will become more frequent. Although temperatures will become more favorable to fish in higher latitude waters, “those benefits can’t last forever,” Free says. “There probably is a tipping point.”

Fishes, however, are not the only animals that are being threatened by climate change. Scientists have also said that because of a killer fungi, frogs are starting to become extinct. The rapid increase in rainforest temperature even more empowered the killer fungi. Insects are also in fast decline due to climate change. This serves as a scary reminder of the future we reap if we continue our path to unsustainable tomorrow.

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11-Meter-Long Dead Whale Found In Brazilian Jungle

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11-Meter-Long Dead Whale Found In Brazilian Jungle

On February 22, an 11-meter-long and 6-meters wide humpback whale was found dead in the middle of the undergrowth of the forest of Pará, a Brazilian municipality located on the island of Marajó, at the mouth of the Amazon River.

Yes, a whale was found in the jungle, away from its natural habitat.

The discovery of the dead whale caused the Municipal Secretariat of Health, Sanitation, and Environment to launch an investigation to determine why the marine animal was found in an ecosystem away from its own and in the winter season.

The colossal animal reportedly had no visible wounds and biologists Bicho D’agua, a marine protection NGO, said that an autopsy is required to determine the cause of death.

Humpback whales are fed seasonally; it is possible that not finding food will migrate to the beach and swallowing large amounts of water will suffocate with plastics , being later his body pushed by the waves of the sea into the jungle.

“We only found the whale because of the presence of scavenging birds of prey,” said Dirlene Silva from the Department of Health, Sanitation, and Environment.

‘The vultures were spotted circling above the carcass which was found hidden in the bush some distance from the sea.’ 

A team of ten biologists struggled to reach the body of the whale at the first attempt and were only able to reach it at the second try.

Biologists from the Bicho D’agua Institute have been called in to collect forensic samples to determine the cause of death. 

The gigantic animal was believed to be already dead when it was carried by the waves to the jungle.

‘Along with this astonishing feat, we are baffled as to what a humpback whale is doing on the north coast of Brazil during February because this is a very unusual occurrence.’ the team announced.

According to the expert, humpback whales are typically seen in Bahia on the northeast coast between August to November. 

‘We are collecting as much information as we can get and identifying marks and wounds on its body to see if it was caught in a net or hit by a boat.’

For now, there are no plans to remove the hulk due to the size, weight, and location. Instead, researchers intend to bury much of carcass, and the skeleton will be sent to the Goeldi Natural History Museum in Belem for future studies. /apr

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