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Scientists Baffled As Florida Diver Captures Sea Serpent On Video; 'Undescribed'

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida -- It's not the Loch Ness Monster or the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but a creature recently caught on tape by a Florida diver does have scientists scratching their heads.

Underwater videographer Jay Garbose has worked for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel in the past.

He made his amazing discovery while on a dive on Juno Ledge, near Juno Beach, Florida.

Jay says when he first saw the giant worm like creature he thought it was a sea cucumber...then he realized how big it was.

The creature, which measured between seven and ten feet, has baffled scientists who have seen the video.

Friends of Jay who work at the Smithsonian say it may be some sort of Nemertean Worm, but they're puzzled by some of its characteristics.

For now they're simply calling it "undescribed".

Jay hopes to return to Juno Ledge and find more examples of the worm.

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Any less than intelligent person who has watched the animal channel could see that this is nothing more than a very common Mora eel.
   comment# 1   - R.J. Ollinger · Cathedral City, USA · May 4, 2007 @ 4:41am

We can all learn a lesson from R.J. Ollinger. Because even though you live in a California desert town like Cathedral City, you can still be an EXPERT on aquatic sea life- just turn on the Animal Channel! Although, I think you may have meant “moray eel”, R.J. Don’t be embarrassed, though, we all think you’re really smart!
   comment# 2   - Ohno Udont · Right Here, USA · May 4, 2007 @ 8:44am

Hey Ohno--In the US these days I think that's called "informed skepticism" ;)
   comment# 3   - Matthead · nd · May 4, 2007 @ 9:23am

jeez u americans are gullible..maybe its a genetic manipulation of the present sea creature by the greys
   comment# 4   - phil · UK · May 4, 2007 @ 6:21pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWvB5i0kmmU
   comment# 5   - jeff dudas · miami, florida · May 5, 2007 @ 9:36am

it might be a oarfish possibly i saw a picture once in fortean times that looked a bit like this, i dunno though your guess is good as mine
   comment# 6   - mike gallagher · wednesbury, uk · May 5, 2007 @ 1:41pm

Hmm...With no video to view,and Tarquin's youtube suggestion turning up a goose egg,I must conclude from the pic that it's one of my old,stretched out,missing gray socks.
   comment# 7   - Larry · Sunny,Rainy Sarasota Florida · May 6, 2007 @ 6:14am

That ain't no friggin' moray eel, dumbshits, looks like a friggin' mangled oversized earthworm
   comment# 8   - Michael · Vicksburg, Michigan · May 6, 2007 @ 11:04am

Try this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wST01hAmbRA
   comment# 9   - Vincent · Krebs, USA · May 6, 2007 @ 3:26pm

NO way is it a Moray Eel, Conger Eel or any type of eel. I worked in an aquarium for four years and its definitely not an oarfish either....they can be up to 4 metres long, and only an inch in diameter, but are more like two feet deep (they look like a normal fish that has been run over. I think you should trust the scientists who reckon its a giant worm....for instance, the longest animal in the world is the bootlace worm which grown in cold water (like we've got in Scotland), which can grow to over 40m (yes, forty metres) long. Its perfectly feasible that this is an inch thick seven foot long worm.
   comment# 10   - Chris R · Aberdeen, Scotland · May 7, 2007 @ 1:16am

Ar you sure it's not the tape worm form a grey whale, or from Rosie O'Donnel?
   comment# 11   - Ramblar · Cowlumbus, oHIo · May 7, 2007 @ 12:09pm

This is fascinating, I have no idea what it is! It's certainly not an eel, but it does look like some kind of worm. I think it's perfectly reasonable to expect it's just a species we haven't encountered before! Yay nature! :D
   comment# 12   - Tehkella · Tasmania, Australia · May 7, 2007 @ 3:57pm

I have a 300 gallon fish tank and catch my own stuff. from the pic. this looks like a giant spaghetti worm. I have 2 in my tank. body looks identicle.I was shocked to see what the body of the worm looked like the first time i saw it come out. it left the tube it hides in to find the spot in the tank were it wanted to live.
   comment# 13   - dan · west palm fl. usa · May 9, 2007 @ 12:06pm

Here in the massive rolling farm hills of the Palouse, giant earthworms have been discovered (they were thought to be extinct). I don't see why it's so inconceivable that similar worms can exist in water. Regardless, I think Ramblar's theory is probably the most plausible.
   comment# 14   - Trish the Dish · Spokane WA · May 10, 2007 @ 1:15pm

dan has a reasonable explaination it could be a type of tube worm it may be new species 2.
   comment# 15   - brian · misouri,usa · Jun 21, 2007 @ 6:29am

Any less than intelligent person would think it was an eel. Tapeworms never leave their host once they're that big. Could be a bootlace worm, but I thought they only got big in cold water, which isn't Florida. Definitely some kind of nemertean, though.
   comment# 16   - blindthrall · Philly US · Mar 2, 2011 @ 6:37am
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