NOAA Scientists Discover SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star in the Atlantic Ocean – The Hill

The story at a glance:

  • Divers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration saw a yellow sea sponge and a pink starfish resembling SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star.
  • Specifically, the sea creatures are a Hertwigia sponge and a Chondraster starfish.
  • Starfish are carnivorous and eat sponges in real life.

Marine scientists might have found the underwater city of Bikini Bottom, swimming on a real-life version of SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) divers at Retriever Seamount in the Atlantic Ocean, just 200 miles from New York, spotted a yellow sea sponge and a pink starfish, resembling the iconic Nickelodeon due , The New York Post reported.


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Excited about his discovery, scientist Christopher Mah shared the photo on Twitter: “I normally avoid these refs… but WOW. THE REAL LIFE Spongebob and Patrick!

“‘I thought it would be funny to do the comparison, which for once was actually comparable to the iconic images/colors of cartoon characters,” Mah added.

The research team from NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer ship were remotely observing the seamount using a motorized vehicle (ROV) when they spotted the sponge Hertwigia and the starfish Chondraster.

Although he said the comparison was amusing, Mah pointed out that the real life depictions of Spongbob and Patrick are very different from their cartoon version.

“As a starfish biologist, most portrayals of Patrick and SpongeBob are incorrect,” he added.

Sea sponges are either asexual or sexualand their reproduction stems from the fragmentation of their bodies, according to Our marine species.

Starfish are carnivorousand they eat sponges, crabs, clams, oysters and coral.


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Posted on July 29, 2021