The post captured people’s imaginations and it gathered more than 200 comments from social media users who had varying ideas.
Some comments leaned more to the humorous and absurd side, while others answered more sincerely with their thoughts.
One person suggested: “Some type of crab maybe.”
Another said: “ A previously unknown crab species which hides in rectangular holes and hunts in linear packs, waiting for prey to fall into their clutches.”
Other people suggested that they aren’t holes at all, but instead, it’s a cable that’s been partially buried. One person suggested, “Looks like subsea cable just under the sand”.
Someone else joked: “I would say Star Fish doing cartwheels.”
“Swordfish sharpening its bill,” another Facebook user suggested.
Another jokester wrote: “I knew it all along: the Earth has a zipper.”
The exploration by the team was done as part of the organisation Voyage to the Ridge 2022 using a remotely-operated vehicle to map and explore deepwater areas of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Azores Plateau and Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone.
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