The world’s largest nail plant has been found in an area of the South China Sea where Chinese vessels are currently operating, a research team from Australia, the United States, India and Japan said Wednesday.

A team of researchers found a cluster of the plants in waters off the Philippines, according to the study published in the journal Nature Communications.

The team is working with local government officials to locate the plant, the study said.

The team, from Australia’s Department of Water, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the University of Western Australia, said the discovery was an important step in the ongoing investigation of the plant.

“The discovery of this new plant in the Spratly Islands in the South Pacific Ocean has the potential to be a game changer for all oceanic ecosystems,” the researchers wrote in the study.

“It is likely that these plants are native to the South and Southeast Pacific Ocean, and they are an important food source for some marine life.”

They also said they have no idea how the plants were introduced to the area.

Scientists believe the plant is a hybrid between a plant native to Asia and one found in the Philippines.

The group said the findings also suggest the plant could have been planted in the waters of the Sprats by foreign ships.

The study also said it was likely that the plants originated in Asia.

The Philippines, home to some 1.5 million people, is a major trade route for Chinese goods, such as clothing, furniture, cars and machinery.

The Spratlys, a rocky archipelago on the southern tip of the Philippines in the Indian Ocean, are also popular destinations for tourists and businesspeople.