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Deep-sea jellyfish looks like a flying saucer


Posted on Tuesday, 28 February, 2017 | Comment icon 9 comments

The jellyfish has an unearthly appearance. Image Credit: NOAA / Okeanos Explorer / YouTube
Marine biologists have recorded footage of a remarkable jellyfish in the depths of the South Pacific.
The specimen was found by a team aboard the NOAA's Okeanos Explorer vessel during an expedition to document wildlife in the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

This protected region of the Pacific is well known for its extensive biological diversity and covers more than 35,000 square km of nearshore coral reef and open ocean.

According to researchers, this particular jellyfish species, rhopalonematid trachymedusa, is well known for its distinctive umbrella-like shape and translucent internal organs.

The reason it has two sets of tentacles pointing in opposite directions however remains unclear.


Source: Gizmodo | Comments (9)

Tags: Jellyfish

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Daughter of the Nine Moons on 28 February, 2017, 16:49
  From the Gizmodo article.
Comment icon #2 Posted by DebDandelion on 28 February, 2017, 17:16
I have to say this......and people say aliens haven't landed.....
Comment icon #3 Posted by Farmer77 on 28 February, 2017, 17:28
Comment icon #4 Posted by LoNeWo1F on 28 February, 2017, 19:00
cool
Comment icon #5 Posted by LabotomusRex on 28 February, 2017, 21:34
That's really neat considering that there is a correlation between UFO`s and the ocean.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Silent Trinity on 3 March, 2017, 14:31
Great imagery, but I believe that this perhaps falls under the category of Pareidolia? If that term is applicable here. Amazing find though from the mysterious and largely unexplored deepest depths of our oceans!
Comment icon #7 Posted by third_eye on 3 March, 2017, 14:36
I'd like to see the flying saucer that looks like that ... ~
Comment icon #8 Posted by DebDandelion on 3 March, 2017, 14:45
Ironically,  we assume that is what a flying saucer looks like....thank u...u made me think (again)
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye on 3 March, 2017, 14:48
Most welcomes ... though I don't think credit is due to me ... perhaps the wizards of CGI at Hollywood and the likes will provide us with some food for thought in the very near future ~


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