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New species of deep-sea crown jelly discovered in Monterey Bay

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The deep-sea crown jelly Atolla is one of the most common residents of the ocean's midnight zone. Its bell has a signature scarlet color and bears one tentacle much longer than the rest. So 15 years ago, when MBARI researchers spotted a jelly that looked like Atolla, but lacked the telltale trailing tentacle, their curiosity was piqued.

MBARI researchers have now published the scientific description of a large new species of Atolla in the scientific journal Animals. They have named their discovery Atolla reynoldsi in honor of the first volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, MBARI's education and conservation partner.



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That thing is .... I'd steer clear of that. 

Everything looks like a UFO. All of those UFO sightings are actually undiscovered species of sky jellyfish. 

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