Credit: NOAA Ocean Exploration

Real-Life SpongeBob & Patrick Found In The Atlantic Ocean

A Research Vessel Found SpongeBob Look-Alikes A Mile Under The Ocean’s Surface.

Credit: NOAA Ocean Exploration
Credit: NOAA Ocean Exploration

He lives in a pineapple under the sea and it just so happens to be in the Atlantic Ocean.

Recently, an ocean expedition looking around more than a mile under the surface of the Atlantic caught sight of a sponge that looked very much like SpongeBob SquarePants. Also, you better believe his dimwitted best friend, Patrick the starfish, was right next to him — wading in the waters.

The video, which shows a yellow sea sponge sitting right next to a pink starfish, was captured by an underwater submersible being controlled by the NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer vessel.

Scientist Christopher Mah, who is also a starfish expert, was watching the live feed and immediately noticed the underwater creatures’ resemblance to the animated friends.

“They’re just a dead ringer for the cartoon characters,” said Mah. So he tweeted an image of the two, mentioning the resemblance, delighting lots of folks.

Someone else on Twitter added faces and legs to the photos, just in case anyone was having trouble wrapping their heads around the resemblance.

Let’s get real for a moment, though. Sponges and starfish aren’t the best of pals.

Instead of hanging out together under the sea, the scientist Mah says that the two are hanging out for a different reason — starfish like to feed on sponges.

“In all likelihood, the reason that starfish is right next to that sponge is because that sponge is just about to be devoured, at least in part,” said Mah. “The reality is a little crueler than perhaps a cartoon would suggest.”

Matt Sterner

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