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A creature so rare that it has only a few recorded sightings worldwide has been caught on camera by stunned scientists.
The benthic siphonophore, seemingly a single animal, is actually a 'floating city' of many smaller organisms working together.
Information - Creature - Corals - Jellyfish - Depths
It's so rarely seen that hardly any information exists for the creature, which is related to corals and jellyfish and thought to live at depths of up to 10,000ft (3,000m).
Scientists stumbled across the rare animal after trawling through shallow waters off the coast of Australia with submerged cameras.
Population - Creatures - Waters - Team - Australian
Now a population of the creatures has been found in shallow waters by a team from the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
The crew had been towing a video camera through the waters of Kimberley Marine Park in Western Australia when they made the monumental discovery.
Expedition - Leader - Dr - Karen - Miller
Expedition leader Dr Karen Miller said: 'We were undertaking towed video surveys to characterise the seabed biodiversity when we noticed lots of what looked like "pom poms".
'On closer inspection of high-resolution images, we realised what we were seeing were fields of benthic siphonophores.
Creatures - Water - Observation - Depths
'These creatures are generally found in deep water down to 3000m, and are rarely ever seen; hence why our observation at depths of 100m to 150m...
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