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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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18 Comments

  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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All You Need To Know About The #AgeChallenge Meme

The new meme is taking over social media and allows you to see what your 40 or 50-years-old self look like.

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A new meme challenge is making rounds on the Internet. Faceapp, an artificial intelligence-based photo app that edits your selfies to show how you look like when you’ve aged, is starting the #AgeChallenge trend.

Also known as the #FaceAppChallenge, the meme uses AI to augment a portrait photo to look old. Also, users can choose between the app’s templates to quickly edit a photo. Are they not smiling in a photo? You can select the Smile template to add a smile across their face. Users can also choose a different hairstyle or make themselves look younger using the app.

FaceApp does not require users to use their camera to take a selfie before using the filters. Users can upload pictures of other people then apply the filter of your choice.

In Twitter, netizens are having quite the fun in uploading pictures using the Age filter. Users trade pictures of how each other will look like in 40-50 years.

Pictures of celebrities like Tom Holland, Jennifer Aniston, and the cast of the Harry Potter film franchise are also making rounds on Twitter. Fans are ecstatic to see their favorite actors and actresses age beautifully.

Athletes such as Dwayne Wade and Kevin Love are also joining in, posting a picture of themselves on Instagram and Twitter. An England soccer team named Tottenham Hotspurs posted photos of their team members using the age filter in their official account.

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FaceApp was initially released on iOS and Android last January and February 2017, respectively. The app is free to download but has options for in-app purchases.

Because of the meme challenge, FaceApp has since top the charts for ‘Most Downloaded’ in the App Store this week.

This year, SnapChat also released new filters that change a photo’s gender. A person could view what he or she looks like if he or she was born of the opposite gender using the app’s Female and Male filters. It also has one that turns a person’s face into a baby version of themselves.

Issues on Privacy

However, questions on the app’s privacy security are now being raised, as the app’s popularity started to rise.

Speculations on the app extracting photos directly from the user’s phone without extra permissions started when Joshua Nozzi, a software developer based in the US, posted his speculations on Twitter.

The developer based in Virginia claims that it seems that the app was uploading all of his photos when the app started listing all of his pictures one row at a time. The instance resembled a network delay, which Nozzi took for the app getting access to his camera phone storage.

Because he was alarmed, Nozzi turned on his Airplane mode and realized that the app doesn’t let him proceed without an internet connection.

After Nozzi posted his claims last Monday, cybersecurity experts like Will Strafach and Baptiste Robert tested the app and refuted Nozzi’s claims.

Strafach shared in his Twitter that the FaceApp does not upload a user’s full camera roll to remote servers. However, he does mention that when a user selects a photo to apply the filter, the picture is uploaded in the app’s server so that the filters can be used.

Robert also called out Noozi for his claims without sharing any pieces of evidence. Robert looked at the traffic when using the app. Similar to Strafach’s findings; the app does upload your selected photo from your phone. He emphasized that the app only uploads “one photo” in their server.

Aside from calling out Noozi, Robert also reminded the public and the media to verify their claims to avoid spreading panic based solely on speculations.

Another concern raised against the app is its vague Terms and Conditions. However, Robert also mentioned that the FaceApp’s Terms and Conditions are not different from the other apps in one’s phone. He asked the public to check out Snapchat’s Terms and Conditions if they are concerned.

FaceApp’s developer company is based in Russia. Twitter users also submitted questions to Robert if that is a factor for possible concern. The French cybersecurity researcher stated that there’s no need to worry because there are a lot of legitimate developers in Russia. “I don’t see why the nationality of the developers is an issue,” he writes in a tweet.

Further reports from Forbes verify that the photos are uploaded in servers in America, not Russia as speculated by some.

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Look: France’s ‘Cat-Fox’ — The New Unidentified Specie

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Recently, the team from France’s National Hunting and Wildlife Office (ONCFS) released the news of a formerly unknown species of wildcat called the Cat-Fox or “chat-renard” in French. At first, it was only believed to be part of the French Island of Corsica’ local legend as ghjattuvolpe, a nocturnal beast which attacks sheep and goats.

During an interview with AFP, the ONCFS chief environmental technician Pierre Benedetti stated that “We believe that it’s a wild natural species which was known but not scientifically identified because it’s an extremely inconspicuous animal with nocturnal habits,” Benedetti has been studying the species for more than ten years already.

How is it different from our pet cats?

These cats have black ringed tails that are fox-like, “highly developed” canine teeth, “very wide” ears, short whiskers. And they are bigger. Cat foxes can grow up to 90 centimeters (35 inches) from head to tail-tip, while normal cats usually grow up only to 76 centimeters. They are nocturnal (active/awake at night). Also, they have stripes on their front legs, “very-dark” hind legs and a russet-colored stomach. Their silky and thick coat is designed to repel ticks, fleas, and lice naturally.

Why is it called Cat fox?

It’s not a type of fox, neither, is it a combination of a cat and a fox. But it is believed to be a wild cat. “It’s their size and their tail that earned them the name ‘cat-fox’ across the island,” says Benedetti. Some experts stated that its ears and tail resemble a fox, but its fur and facial characteristics are somehow similar to a typical cat.

Its existence was first popularly known last 2008 when a single cat-fox was caught by accident in a hen house at Olcani in Cap Corse.

Last 2012, to get and determine the golden stripped creature’s DNA, the team created traps with wooden sticks that have an irresistible smell to cats. As a result, they were able to get its fur, when the cats rubbed their bodies against the sticks.

After some analysis, they discovered through its DNA, that it is somehow related (but can be differentiated) from the European wildcat, Felis silvestris. It’s closely related to the African forest cat, F. silvestris lybica. However, it’s “exact identity is still to be determined,” Benedetti added.

The first cat was captured in 2016 using modernized photographic traps. Afterward, the team was able to catch 12 of the 16 total cats that they’ve seen using non-violent methods.

According to an ONCFS field agent, Carlu-Antone Cecchini, the cats were found in a location where “water and plant cover offering protection against its main predator, the golden eagle.” After examining and tagging the cats with electronic chips to track their adventures, the ONCFS releases them to the wild unharmed. One of the cats they’ve captured is a male cat with a one golden and one brown eye — a result of a cat fight.

The cat-fox may turn out like the mysterious wolf-like dog found in Montana last May 2018. It was revealed that it’s just an old type of wolf.

Today, it is still uncertain whether the cat-fox is new species or an old species that hasn’t been formally recognized. But some people argue that this may be a new species which is a combination of two types of species (species hybridisation). This hybridization is possible since a new bird species was discovered in the Galapagos.

The answer behind the lineage of these cats is one of the mysteries that are yet to be known. It’s diet, and ways of reproduction, are however to be discovered and learned in the future. Also, Benedetti has a theory that these cats may have been living on the French island of Corsica since 6,500 years BC.

He added that farmers might have brought these cats in the island. Meanwhile, Scientists believe that the cat could have originated from Africa or the Middle East.

According to CNN, the wildlife rangers from ONCFS expect that by catching, studying and tagging the cat foxes, they can somehow help these cute furry friends to be known and protected shortly, hopefully in two to four years.

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Look: Exotic Pets Turned Invasive Pests

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Marcie Kapsch from Loxahatchee NWR holding the exotic sailfin catfish (FL). Photo: USFWS Fish and Aquatic Conservation | Flickr

A recent study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, a journal from the Ecological Society of America, documented how researchers gain more awareness in the dynamics of the exotic pet trade and the role it plays in introducing nonlocal and invasive vertebrates worldwide.

As exotic pets become more popular, we need to have a clearer understanding of the factors that affect the trade to minimize the threat of having a pet-to-pests invasion soon.

Lockwood, the lead author of the study, said that since the 1970s, the market for exotic pets is continuously growing and the amount of vertebrate animals that are traded globally is surprising, even to the experienced biologists. Over the past decades, the population of reptiles and marine fish significantly increased — caused by their viral popularity as exotic pets.

Researchers take a closer look at the socioeconomic and socioecological factors that affect the exotic pet trade of vertebrates (animals with the backbone; namely fishes, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles).  The mentioned factors depend on the unique economic, social, regulatory, and cultural contexts of a particular country. There is an increasing and widespread demand for exotic pets worldwide, but it occurs mainly in developing countries like South America and Asia. In the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom, more than half of all households have at least one pet.

What are exotic pets? 

In the study, it is defined as “species without a long history of domestication that are legally captured from their native range or bred within facilities and sold to consumers as household companions,” and are kept for non-utilitarian reasons (characterized by or aiming at beauty or ornament rather than utility).

Lockwood explains that species of goldfish or monk parakeets are considered as common pets for decades. Other species appear in the market for only one or two years; after that, they disappear.

The reason for this dynamic is not yet known, but researchers noted that this might be because of some species are easy to take care and breed well in captivity (which makes them cost cheaper). She added that thousands of different species are sold yearly. If a small percentage will escape or be free, they are capable of forming wild populations.

Is it really bad if our former pets decided to form a big family in the wild?

Lockwood and her team said that invasive reptiles and amphibians could force local species into extinction.

For example, the red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) are turtles popularly kept as pets in the United States. It is native to the south-central region of the US, but it has created non-native populations in other parts of the country. These turtles are the real-life counterparts of the Famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Red eared slider turtle Credits: Jim, The Photographer| Flickr | Unknown

The reasons why owners release exotic pet is not widely documented. But it includes difficulty in taking care of large, old, aggressive, or sick animals. Cute little animals don’t always stay the same; sometimes, they grow and live longer than the pet owners had expected. Most countries don’t have the proper documentation of imported pet species. Also, there are challenges in monitoring and regulating them; some animals are usually recorded as “unidentified” or wrongly identified.

Factors such as the popularity of owning exotic animals, the ease of buying exotic pets from websites, and the lack of adequately implemented regulations — made it possible for the species to spread not only in their original locations but also in other parts of the globe.

This increase the possibility of having invasions in the future. To avoid or minimize the chances of having an exotic pet invasion, we need to have a better understanding of the forces that affect the worldwide trade of exotic pets.

In conclusion, Lockwood said that first “we need to know the reasons why certain species are in the trade, or what factors lead them to escape or be released,” so that we can make the right policies. These policies should be able to make both sides happy. Some people are still free to love their exotic pets while minimizing the probability of invasion.

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