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A freaky "headless chicken monster" has been filmed in the Southern Ocean for the first time, at three kilometres below the sea level surface.

Footage of the mysterious mini-monster tickled Twitter users, with one commenting: "I for one, welcome our new headless chicken monster overlord". (Surely, it has a lovely personality, though.) Unsure what else to do in the face of such greatness, the Australian government wrote a press release.

It's the swimming sea cucumber Enypniastes eximia, and scientists recently captured video of this weird, hen-mimicking swimmer in the Southern Ocean near eastern Antarctica, where it has never been seen before.

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The interspecies voyeurism comes courtesy of a new underwater camera system. That changed thanks to a camera created by the Australian Antarctic Division, which designed the device to attach to a commercial fishing tool called a longline.

The mesmerizing footage was filmed by Australian fishing cameras, according to the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), the public organization running the country's Antarctic program.

Meet the real-life "chicken of the sea": a unusual, pinkish-red creature with a body like a plump-breasted and decapitated chicken, earning the creature the name "headless chicken monster". The animal "spends most of its time on the seafloor, feeding off of surface sediments; it can, however, swim if it wants to get somewhere more quickly or evade a predator", according to NOAA.

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Technically, it is called a "sea cucumber" (or Enypniastes eximia), which is just as freaky as its nickname, if slightly less terrifying.

"They don't do much, they lie there and they suck on the sea floor to try to extract food", he said.

The footage captured by the cameras are being presented at the annual Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources meeting in Hobart today.

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