This thing is for real but what the heck is it?!
Well in biological terms this lovable fella is actually a trio of purple sea sponges (Alpysina archeri) that have meshed together.
A lucky photographer named Mauricio Handler stumbled across this super cute sea dweller while on a diving trip to Curacao in the Caribbean, and managed to snap the photo.
"Usually I do more serious work with dolphins, whales and sharks, but this was just fun," he told the LA Times.
This big eyed sponge is actually about three feet tall and would feel like a Nerf ball to the touch. Mr. Handler said he could also open and close his mouth using his fingers.
As with any sea sponge, this little dude will remain in the same exact spot his whole life, while keeping a steady flow of water through his body and filtering out food.
But since he’s a sponge that actually looks like Cookie Monster, one has to wonder if he would prefer to hang out with Grover or Patrick the starfish? Maybe PBS and Nickelodeon will battle for the rights!
But one thing we do know for sure and that is he’s pretty darn awesome!