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Big gulp! The Nautilus team spotted a gulper eel (Eurypharynx pelecanoides) doing just that in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Its pouch-like mouth can inflate in an instant, scooping up much larger prey just like a pelican--and giving it that muppet-like look! This gulper eel was likely a juvenile, as this species can grow up to three feet in length. ---------------------------------------------- E/V Nautilus is exploring unknown regions of the ocean seeking out new discoveries in biology, geology, and archaeology. Join us 24/7 for live video from the seafloor and to ask questions of our explorers currently aboard Nautilus: www.nautiluslive.org. Follow us on social media for dive updates, expedition highlights, and more: Subscribe on YouTube: www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=EVNautilus Facebook: www.facebook.com/nautiluslive Twitter: www.twitter.com/evnautilus Instagram: www.instagram.com/nautiluslive

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uriel galindo orozco : Ok somebody bring out the pokéballs we're gonna catch him

Nope : "This isn't even my final form!!!"

Mina CrayCray : Extremely intelligent science guy: "TOUCH IT!" JUST A BUNCH OF TWELVE YEAR OLDS LOL!

Zuzu : "Awh look at this eel so cute and tiny" *opens massive jaw* "Nevermind."

evilferris : “ Touch it.“ 😂

LordofFungi : The way it wiggles at the end to fold the skin in properly. Dope.

Quinn Gilliland : I think this might be the first gulper eel video footage I’ve ever seen. Awesome!!!

Sovereign Vanu : It's mind blowing how alien these creatures appear to us despite living on Earth longer than we have.

Max Eberlein : I first heard about these things when I was six and always wanted to see a video of one. This might be the first good video of them ever.

Cadmus Rhodium : This is probably the best footage that exists of this creature and will contribute so much to science. Thank you. I hate it.

Andy F. : I actually thought it had a meal in it's mouth before it opened it's jaws.

crowing : When someone says "you have a big mouth," you show them this!

Fhenix6 : That was so rad! Especially after he opened his mouth & became so tiny. Plus it's always hilarious to hear the scientists read the little guy before figuring out what it is haha!

Haruka Takahashi : This is like SUPER RARE FOOTAGE

Tina Lin : I remember watching this live and thinking, "What the heck is that weird balloon thingy?" and then laughing my butt off when the eel opened its mouth lol

R Kraus : Soooo enjoyable to watch...and to hear the scientists’ awe!

PangoPixel : it looks like a music note when it's ballooned up lol

IDrewD : I love the gasping that ensues after it opens its mouth.

RelaxWithReena : WOWWWW.. lil shapeshifter! :) I'm regretting never pursuing marine biology for my degree lol... but thankful you guys post these awesome clips!

Mauro Tamm : So a school of gulper eels is called a song?

Justice Vasey : A gulper eel? Please. That was a living otamatone.

Genesis Kravitz : These people are literally living my childhood dream. I wanted to be a marine biologist. I’ve instead chosen nursing but my love still lives with sea life.

Will Zavala : "Looks like a muppet"... what kinda sick twisted childhood did you have? 😆

Eric Duong : it looks like a toad tadpole when its ballooning

Gryf Ketcherside : And this is why I've subscribed to your channel. Videos like this one keep me coming back! Amazing.

Cool Products : Truly the best part of this video were the scientists (?) in the background.

PoeticSonic : An anaconda can dislodge its jaw to eat a way larger pray than it's size..... Gulper eal: hold my slime.

John Walters : A live Eurypharynx! Now I can die happy!

MrSlanderer : I experienced uncanny valley watching it. This is very unique footage. I don't think this behavior has ever been seen.

Izaya Orihara : I've always been a great fan of Gulper Eels since I was a kid, really amazing to get some good footage of one! (And then have it look so incredibly grumpy, beautiful)

Stellar Onion : Gulper Eels are my favorite animal, I did a report on eels in elementary school and I saw this thing and loved it, cannot believe such clear footage of it was taken! Absolutely brilliant.

The Complainer : Topic *Pets* Me: *Looks at video Looks at topic Then back at video* Wow, what a nice dog

impishclutter : seeing this move was surreal, it definitely looked like a muppet

GeneralGeorge : Alright, aliens are real and they live in the ocean. As an aside, buetiful specimen, never seen anything like this.

TheBravo13x : WOW, that was amazing. I’ve heard of these eels but never seen video of them. I am mind blown right now, imagine what else is out there...

Squid SQuiddly : I love the commentary on this

Reyadh Rahaman : I've known about gulper eels for a while, but I had no idea they ballooned like that as a defence mechanism. I've also never seen such clear footage of one before. Awesome video, keep posting them!

- Crestamorph - : *”INFLATE HIMSELF... JUST LIKE A BALLOON.”*

Tyler Beattie : Is it possible it was sleeping? Gorges itself to kind of float around and appear bigger? Also, as a defense mechanism, I wonder how appearing bigger would actually work when their’s little to no light. So cool!

Potato Patata : Movies- Marine Biologist: It's a Gulper eel, it can *intelligent things* Real life- Marine Biologist: Wow! Touch it

Michael Tondi : Smoke a huge bowl before watching this!

GlaciusTS : YES! This is what I like to see. This is one of the best videos I’ve seen from you, right up there with the Viperfish and Sperm Whale. This is the sort of footage you don’t get anywhere else. Beautiful. While you guys are out there collecting data, I think it is worth noting the work you do in expanding our Library of footage of rarely seen organisms. This makes a lot of lives a little better for having seen it. Thank You.

Mrrp : Hell yeah that’s awesome

Cosmic Rogue : Man, I love it when biology gets _freaky._

AntsDoFly : *Now I Knew, Where My Tadpole Go..*

DeLEET Titan : Possibly the best footage of a gulper eel to date

MrMisterMan : 1:13 she sounds happy about it

mobiuszero : "It looks like a Muppet " eyup

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