NOAA marine biologists try to identify deep-sea creatures in an underwater lightning round (VIDEO).

Watch Biologists Try to Identify Rare, Deeply Weird Creatures as They Float by in the Deep Sea

Watch Biologists Try to Identify Rare, Deeply Weird Creatures as They Float by in the Deep Sea

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Jan. 18 2016 12:59 PM

Name That Rare Aquatic Creature

NOAA scientists play an underwater name game.

Down Deep Where the Weird Things Live
Hey, take a picture, it lasts longer.

Source: NOAA

    In the video above, three scientists with NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research remotely explore places off the coast of Hawaii that no one has ever seen before.

    The humans take turns identifying the strange and amazing creatures as they float by. Among the lifeforms spotted are a henricia, a slime star; pycnogonid; bolosoma; polychelid; freyaster; a caulophacus; and a pythonaster—of which there are apparently only six. And mind you, that’s not six types—there are only six known pythonasters total.

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    There’s also a giant sponge that’s bigger than NOAA's ROV.

    The game continues until the explorers come across a long eel-like visitor that has all three of them stumped. After that, the scientists stop showing off, satisfied with letting the otherworldly life forms just be, incredible as they are.