March 25, 2023

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The biologist is amazed by the resemblance of the animals photographed on the journey with ‘Sponge Bob’ and ‘Patrick’.

RIO – Biologist Christopher Flour could not avoid the inevitable comparison between recorded animals with remote control equipment and two famous cartoon characters The researcher in collaboration with the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said, “Spongebob in real life!” His post echoes, so far, reaching 1.5 thousand likes.

– The colors have come so close to the colors of the characters in SO ICONIC and the cartoon, I felt the need for comparison !! – Admitted the researcher to GLOBO.

The biologist explained that looking at the references to Sponsopp and Patrick, those characters did not really correspond to the actual biology of the animal.

“SpongeBob is obviously a rectangular cleaning sponge model and Patrick has nothing to do with a real starfish,” he said. “But it also raises awareness of these unusual habitats. Although the colors are similar to those of the famous characters, those two animals, the sponge and starfish, are not yet recorded or new species. We do not know yet!

Adjacent animals were photographed by Okonos Explorer on Tuesday, as part of a NOAA-created beach voyage in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean – made by friends of Nickelodeon. The mango sponge belongs to the genus Hertvigia, and the pink star is a contraster. On the “Business Insider” portal, the scientist said the couple was on the slope of an underwater mountain retriever 200 miles from New York City.

Animated characters of SpongeBob and Patrick, Nickelodeon Photo: Advertising

The yellow hue of the sponge impressed the biologist, who said it was unusual for an organism to live in a deep habitat. According to him, the most common colors in the area are orange or white, which helps in camouflage where there is not much light. The same question applies to the star, which can usually be dark pink, light or white. But as for the dough, a bright tone next to “Sponge Bob” is still reminiscent of “Patrick”.

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Despite the similarities mentioned by the researcher, he listed some important differences. Starfish are carnivorous and precisely the sea sponge that is important in the animals they eat. “Patrick” stretches its stomach and is able to digest its prey with some enzymes. Therefore, the approximation between them may be due to the interest in capturing the pinkish-yellow color.

“In fact, this type of starfish, belonging to the genus Contraster, is the forerunner of sponges and is close to feeding on the yellow sponge of the genus Hertvigia,” he pointed out. “Your scientific names are just like Homo sapiens. However … (laughs) Well, if the starfish is the best friend of the sponge, maybe it will swallow it!”

Another difference is about the depth to which they live. Both sponges and starfish are found in much less areas than children’s animation. For example, the pair in the photo was at a depth of 1,885 meters.