From the clip, an amorphous stain appears to stretch for a mile when exposed in water, dwarfing the two divers surrounding it.
For the 47-year-old photographer Steve Huffey, watching October 25 near a small volcanic island about 30km from the northernmost point in New Zealand ended the search for more than a decade.
"I've always wanted to see one," Hathaway said in an interview on Wednesday, where he talked about the 26-meter pirate-a colony of tiny sea creatures that joined together to a free floating mass. Their mysterious properties and bioreumine glare have led some scientists to call them "the odd unicorns of the sea," which they say feels "like a particularly soft feather."
"I was excited, it's like finding something you've dreamed of for so many years," she said.
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Creatures, pyrozomes are actually closer to humans. Some of the earliest reports of pyroids came from sailors in the 1800s who saw their bright glow during a cruise.
Hathaway said he and his friend, Andrew Butler, were shooting underwater cameras for a video clip on the White Island of New Zealand when they encountered the sea creature. Botel's family has been owned by the island since the 1930s, which contains an active volcano and diverse flora and fauna.
Although most of his eleven-year career photography took place underwater-and he swam with animals like whales-Hathaway said he'd never run into anything at all until that moment.
When he realized that one was lying on the bottom of the ocean beneath him, he knew he had to move quickly to photograph him.
"I was a lot underwater and saw a lot of animals," he said. "I know that nature does not wait for anyone, and I could not let this opportunity pass me."
Hathaway said that the spring on the island brought plenty of phytoplankton, which the pyruzomes feed on, and perhaps explains the reason why he met him now.
"The fish are growing larger in the Isle of Wight than in other parts of New Zealand," said Hatvey, a New Zealand resident for life. "The location is rich in animal food throughout the island."
Although not all pyrozomes are raised to one Hathaway, some found near New Zealand and Australia "can be quite large" and in some cases reach more than 45 to 60 meters, Lindsey Sala, a scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California, said.
Pirosozomes are made up of thousands of smaller individual creatures, called zoids, that help feed pyrosomes and navigators in the ocean using jet propulsion, Sala said. Although viewing the pyrosome are not necessarily uncommon, they are usually seen by divers and other people spend a lot of time in the water.
"I'd say it's amazing and exciting to come across a piranhous colony of this size," said Sala.
In love with the oceans of the world as a young boy, Evie said he would read stories about people coming to the ocean with a sense of jealousy and especially fascinated by the Merlin, who "once had dreams about him."
He went on to find the Yogin Ocean, an entertainment platform and stories for children that encourages them to love the oceans and marine life. Hathaway said he hopes to catch the pyrosome on the video and will arouse interest for others, similar to how pictures of the curious marlins him as a child.
"I always wanted to want to see these things myself and then share them with others," Evie said. "Even the most prominent person in the world can not describe the creature we took."
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