This is the terrifying moment and the diver has come face to face with a mysterious 30-foot "sea serpent" that resembled a giant condom
Ben Laurie, 21, encountered the bizarre creature while diving near Cape Brett on New Zealand's North Island.
Ben, from Kerikeri, New Zealand, said: "We were diving there for kingfish and we plugged in a couple, and then we came from one of the dives when my friend saw this thing. ] CLICK ON THE SUN FOR MORE
"It did look like a big condom. It was 10 feet long and almost half meter (1.6 feet) wide, and it was just flowing with the tide. "
Ben, who has years of experience in the water and is an ambassador for the
He added: "I did not know what it was at the time, so it was quite a confusing thing."
"We get these little like plankton build -ups – they're like little string stuff but they're only like 20 cm. (7.8 inches) long – so I thought it was just a big one of them.
"But one of the guys touched it and said it was not soft at all, it was more like a cardboard kind of texture."
In fact, the creature is believed to be a pyrosome – a floating colony consisting of billions of sea squirts.
It feeds by filtering microscopic plant cells out of the sea, with each squirting drawing in water from outside the pyrosome and
He said: "Apparently they only come from the depths of 2,000 meters (about 6,500 feet), so it's pretty rare for them to be in the shallow like that. (19659005) "Once it gets a bit too high, because it's got a softer texture, the fish seem to eat it, so that's why it stays deep."
In any case , Ben knows he was lucky to make such a unique sighting.
Ben said that a scientist told him it was "a once-in-a-lifetime rar e thing to see. "
This story originally appeared in The Sun.