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The Cookie Monster of the Sea?

Stove Pipe Sponge, Aplysina archeri

 

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Yes, it looks like a wacky version of Cookie Monster, but you’re actually looking at a purple sea sponge, unlike any other.

Earlier this year the rare sea sponge was discovered by a scuba diver. The resemblance is purely a coincidence, due to a psychological phenomenon called pareidolia.

Pareidolia causes people to see random images as something more significant than they actually are. In this case, we see a famous muppet. The word is derived from the Greek words para — meaning something faulty or wrong — and the noun eidōlon — meaning image, form or shape.

Here’s some famous examples of seeing things that aren’t actually there:

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pareidolia4_face

pareidolia_skull

pareidolia5_face

skullflower

23 Comments on The Cookie Monster of the Sea?

  1. Again, you can’t trust your eyes.
    headsup.boyslife.org/can-you-really-trust-your-eyes/

  2. Cookie Monster // September 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm // Reply

    ME LIKE COOKIES!
    ME NO LIKE IMPOSTORS…

  3. the skull flower is cool

  4. That is amazing! P.S. I LOVE COOKIES!!

  5. cheesebuger123 // September 25, 2013 at 6:32 pm // Reply

    that is awesome and weird at the same time

  6. If I saw that skull face in the flower I’d freak out.

  7. Haha that is SO cool!!

  8. the nintendo fan // September 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm // Reply

    who says that muppets cant get wet

  9. Why is the Boys’ Life links put up & down, not left & right??? :? Example:

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  10. DOGMAN4444444444444 // October 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm // Reply

    NDGEKDGFLYDMNFCGJ

  11. DOGMAN4444444444444 // October 6, 2013 at 1:41 pm // Reply

    Looks like a vacuum-fish.

  12. Those are creepy.

  13. it looks like the imposter of cookie monster has no eyes.

  14. omg the flower skull is scary XD lol

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