SpongeBob and Patrick were spotted in real life and although they weren't wearing their cartoonish Krusty Krabs uniform and a pair of swim trunks, a yellow sponge and a pink starfish were spotted together!
SpongeBob and Patrick in 'Real Life'
A marine scientist by the name of Christopher Mah was quick to spot the resemblance between classic favorite Nickelodeon characters and the real life SpongeBob and Patrick found under the Atlantic waves. A deep-sea vehicle operated remotely was able to spot the duo probably taking a break on the side of a certain underwater mountain called Retriever Seamount located about 200 miles east of NYC.
The researcher then posted the picture on Twitter with his reaction "REAL LIFE SpongeBob and Patrick!" As part of the newest deep-sea expedition, NOAA's very own Okeanos Explorer ship is sending out remotely-operated vehicles like the one that was able to find where SpongeBob and Patrick lived. SpongeBob isn't just a popular TV cartoon series, it's also been popular as a PS4 game as well!
ROV Used to Explore the Oceean
The ROVs reportedly explore submarine habitats, livestream their own journeys, and also make sure to capture images of denizens located in the deep. According to Business Insider, Mah sent them an email saying he thought it was funny to make the comparison since they did look like the iconic cartoon characters.
There are over 8,500 sponge species and they have been living in the ocean for an estimate of the last 600 million years. The shape and texture reportedly vary depending on whether they live on either soft sand or maybe on hard, rocky surfaces. The SpongeBob movie has even beat movies like the American Sniper in the Weekend Box Office top spot.
Real Life SpongeBob
There are, however, very few of them that reportedly resemble the iconic SpongeBob boxy shape. The SpongeBob-like image, according to Mah, is said to belong to the Hertwigia genus. He was reportedly surprised by the sponge's bright yellow color which is quite unusual to be seen in the deep sea.
The depth where the sponge was found usually hosts orange or right colors to help them camouflage better in the dimly lit environment. The sea star was identified as a Chondraster and has five arms wrapped with tiny suckers.
Real Life Patrick Star
The suckers would allow the star to creep across the ocean floor and even attach itself to other organisms and rocks. Chondraster stars can come in different colors like dark pink, light pink, or even white. Mah said that the star's color looked like a bright pink that strongly resembled Patrick Star.
Sea stars are actually carnivores which means that once they cling to an oyster, clam, or snail, the animal then extends its stomach out through its mouth then makes use of enzymes to break their prey down and digest them.
Sea sponges are actually a perfect food for the Chondraster star, according to Mah. This meant that the approach of the pink starfish wasn't actually with the intention of becoming friends but rather potentially eating the sponge.
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Written by Urian B.