Marine scientists could have found the hidden location of SpongeBob SquarePants’ underwater Bikini Backside residence simply 200 miles off the coast of New York.
Divers lately noticed a yellow sea sponge and a pink sea star — doppelgängers for SpongeBob and his doltish pal, Patrick Star — hanging out on a rock on the Retriever Seamount within the Atlantic Ocean.
Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientist Christopher Mah shared the information on Twitter: “I usually keep away from these refs… however WOW. REAL LIFE SpongeBob and Patrick!”
A workforce of researchers from NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer ship discovered the aquatic allies — a Hertwigia sponge and Chondraster starfish — whereas surveying the seamount aboard remotely operated automobiles (ROVs).
Speaking to Insider, Mah stated of the serendipitous discovery, “‘I believed it could be humorous to make the comparability, which for as soon as was truly sort of corresponding to the enduring photos/colours of the cartoon characters.”
However he famous that the brilliant colours of the favored cartoon characters are extra exaggerated than these of the real-life species. “As a biologist who focuses on sea stars, most depictions of Patrick and Spongebob are incorrect,” he added.
Social media swam in delight about seeing their favourite animate marine animals come to life.
“You simply know they had been slicing it up proper earlier than the digital camera got here… they had been like FREEZE,” stated one fan.
“The Netflix adaptation appears to be like nice!” joked one other.