NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer found something fascinating and, to be honest, pretty entertaining deep under the sea, and the video from that expedition is making quite a splash.
A submersible launched from the ship was exploring a mile down, streaming a live feed back up where Dr. Christopher Mah, an expert on starfish, was among the scientists watching. With a laugh, he shared a still from the feed to Twitter, saying “I normally avoid these refs..but WOW. REAL LIFE Sponge bob and Patrick!”
He’s referring, of course, to iconic Nickelodeon cartoon characters SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star. It is exactly what the scene looked like. Uncannily so.
Dr. Mah tweeted his exclamation and then an explanation.