The ocean is a fascinating place with a lot of mystery which makes it an extremely good place for new discoveries, some which may be unbelievable.
An expedition surveying beneath the surface more 200 miles off the U.S. Atlantic coast made an unbelievable discovery down in the ocean. When you think of a discovery you might think about a new fish species or old architecture, but this was way more surprising.
A camera that was attached to a submersible was transmitting a live feed of its surroundings back to scientists on a research ship. As it moved over the ocean floor, scientists spotted a scene of a sea sponge and a starfish which stood right next to each other.
Some thing or may I say someone very particular may come to mind. The sponge and the starfish strikes a resemblance to a certain aquatic duo of the popular animated TV series SpongeBob SquarePants. You may know who I’m talking about at this moment. SpongeBob SquarePants and his cheery pink friend Patrick Star.
One of the scientists watching the feed, Christopher Mah immediately recognised the uncanny resemblance.
Mah, who is an expert on starfish and other marine invertebrates, is a research associate at the National Museum of Natural History and often collaborates with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NOAA was indeed the organisation that was conducting the serendipitous expedition aboard their ship, the Okeanos Explorer, when they came across the fascinating discovery.
Even though the sea sponge and starfish seem to be the perfect real-life version of best friends SpongeBob and Patrick, that is not actually true and the real facts may be a bit disturbing to SpongeBob fans. Man explained that in reality, starfish actually like to eat sponges. “In all likelihood, the reason that starfish is right next to that sponge is because that sponge is just about to be devoured, at least in part. The reality is a little crueler than perhaps a cartoon would suggest.”
Mha later shared a picture of the look-alike duo on Twitter, and captioned it, “WOW. REAL LIFE Sponge bob and Patrick!” The post subsequently received thousands of likes, retweets, and replies from entertained fans and even a nod from the official SpongeBob page.
One Twitter user also helped out those struggling to visualise it, by adding their cartoon faces and legs to the picture.
Despite the disturbing real life facts about sea sponges and starfish, most fans had no doubt that the SpongeBob and Patrick doppelgängers were, in fact, the iconic pair in the flesh.