A giant sea heather plant has grown a massive 1.5 metres (5 feet) above the waterline in the South China Sea.
The plant, which is about the size.
5 metres (16 feet) tall, has been growing there for more than two years.
It’s grown on rocks on the reefs of the Spratly Islands, which are claimed by both the Philippines and Vietnam.
“It’s quite remarkable,” said Professor Chris Ragan of the University of Queensland in Australia, who has been studying the plant for years.
“The plants have grown on a large area of the ocean floor, they’re in deep water, they are relatively dry and they are fairly abundant,” he said.
“It’s one of the rare examples of a large aquatic plant growing on land.”
The giant sea flower has been able to withstand the conditions in the area where it has grown, despite a sea breeze, which rained down on the plant in late April.
It was one of several sea plants that were photographed and filmed over the course of the year.
A few months earlier, the plant was growing on rocks that were not in the wind.
The plants ability to withstand those conditions was something that scientists had been trying to understand for a long time, but only now had been able study them.
The new discovery is just the latest example of the sea flower growing in unexpected ways, said Ragan.
“They’re pretty amazing because you see them growing in the water,” he told the ABC.
“You don’t really see them on land and you don’t see them in a controlled environment.”
The new plant has only been documented on land, but has the potential to be a real world example of plant growth on land.
This image shows the newly discovered sea heath flower, a massive plant that has grown 1.8 metres (7 feet) in the sea, with the wind blowing in the background.
The image shows a young sea heathy plant growing from a rock on the reef.
The sea heahe plant is an aquatic plant with a long, slender, dark green stalk.
It can grow up to 3.5 meters (12 feet) long.
Professor Ragan said that the plant, once established on the rocks, would eventually have to be cut down.
“That will take a long period of time because it’s such a large plant, it’s a very tough plant,” he explained.
“If it’s left standing there, it will grow.”
“If you see it now, you wouldn’t have seen it a year ago, so this is probably a really, really, new thing that has happened,” said Ragen.
“The fact that the sea heattles are now thriving and growing is quite remarkable.”
Scientists are hopeful the plant will be able to survive the harsh conditions of the South Pacific Ocean.
“We’re hoping that the climate will change, that sea plants can survive, that the wind will get a little bit weaker,” Ragan told the BBC.
“But I do think that we’re going to have a really long, long time to wait for it to develop a good environment to be able really to make it happen.”