Oh, who lives in a pineapple under the sea… around the Retriever Seamount 200 miles off the New England coast in the Atlantic Ocean?
Well according to one marine biologist, it’s SpongeBob SquarePants and his mate, Patrick Star. The yellow and pink duo from the iconic children’s cartoon were spotted next to each other by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) remote-controlled submersible launched from the Okeanos Explorer, just as they share the same block in their fictional home of Bikini Bottom.
A starfish expert quickly saw the image taken by the submersible and shared it on Twitter, commenting on the striking resemblance the two lifeforms shared to their cartoon counterparts.
“I thought it would be funny to make the comparison, which for once was actually kind of comparable to the iconic images/colors of the cartoon characters,” Mah told a reporter.
While discovering the actual location of SpongeBob’s home, the NOAA team were mapping the seamounts and canyons of the Mid-Atlantic, down to the lightless depths were such creatures prefer to live.