It's known as the "headless chicken sea monster", for reasons which become quite obvious if you look at it.
With its blobby, pulsating red body and feeler-like webbed "feet", this thing doesn't look very familiar.
A headless chicken monster, a type of sea cucumber, has been filmed for the first time in Southern Ocean waters off East Antarctica.
The odd looking creature, Enypniastes eximia, or a "headless chicken monster", was filmed off the coast of East Antarctica in the Southern Ocean.
Originally developed by the Australian Antarctic Division for commercial use in long-line fishing, the underwater camera technology that captured the marine invertebrate is being used by the division to collect data for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), an global commission that focuses on conserving Antarctic marine life.
The Enypniastes eximia, which had previously only been filmed in the Gulf of Mexico, can be seen in a footage released on October 21.
"We needed something that could be thrown from the side of a boat, and would continue operating reliably under extreme pressure in the pitch black for long periods of time".
"Some of the footage we are getting back from the cameras is breathtaking, including species we have never seen in this part of the world", Australian Antarctic Division Program Leader Dirk Welsford said in a statement.
Both the footage and the subsequent data that was compiled will be presented at the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources in Hobart, Australia on Monday.
The 10-day meeting will also address ideas and proposals on how to respond to climate change.
"The Southern Ocean is home to an incredible abundance and variety of marine life, including commercially sought-after species, the harvesting of which must be carefully managed for future generations", commissioner Gillian Slocum said.