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Incredible new jellyfish species discovered


Posted on Friday, 29 April, 2016 | Comment icon 11 comments

The jellyfish was caught on camera by a deep-sea ROV. Image Credit: YouTube / oceanexplorergov
Scientists exploring the depths of the Mariana Trench have come across an otherworldly looking creature.
The eye-catching deep-sea jellyfish, which looks like something out of the James Cameron science fiction movie 'The Abyss', is both beautiful and mysterious in equal measure.

It was filmed 2.3 miles beneath the surface of the sea at the Enigma Seamount in the Mariana Trench using a special remote-operated vehicle called Deep Discoverer.

While little is known about this enigmatic denizen of the deep, researchers believe that it is likely to be an ambush predator that waits with its tentacles outstretched for an unwary victim to pass by.

Footage captured by the ROV of this impressive new species can be viewed below.


Source: Scientific American | Comments (11)


Tags: Mariana Trench, Jellyfish


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Skulduggery on 29 April, 2016, 18:43
It does! This is what happened when a metroid bred with the FSM.
Comment icon #3 Posted by PrisonerX on 29 April, 2016, 20:47
Pretty cool. Stories like this should open people's minds to the possibility of land-based creatures, such as the sasquatch, existing being a very possible reality. The deep forests/jungles/etc. too still keep secrets from us.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters on 29 April, 2016, 21:09
Neat
Comment icon #5 Posted by barbco196 on 29 April, 2016, 22:28
Wow! I want one.
Comment icon #6 Posted by BeastieRunner on 29 April, 2016, 22:52
More underwater expeditions please!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 30 April, 2016, 0:47
I want one for my aquarium! I will place several hundred pound weights on top of it to simulate the tremendous water pressure it lives in and use tinted glass. It will never suspect it is no longer 2.3 miles down!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Astra. on 30 April, 2016, 4:22
Beautiful - it's amazing what life we are still discovering on this amazing planet.
Comment icon #9 Posted by MissJatti on 30 April, 2016, 6:11
I have been told about a year ago, that we humans only discovered about 10% of our planet. I wonder what strangeness we can find in the other 90%
Comment icon #10 Posted by Ozfactor on 30 April, 2016, 8:58
magical realism
Comment icon #11 Posted by Codenwarra on 30 April, 2016, 10:10
Cute as a button


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