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Incredible new jellyfish species discovered

By T.K. Randall
April 29, 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)




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Comment icon #2 Posted by Skulduggery 8 years ago
It does! This is what happened when a metroid bred with the FSM.
Comment icon #3 Posted by PrisonerX 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
Neat
Comment icon #5 Posted by barbco196 8 years ago
Wow! I want one.
Comment icon #6 Posted by BeastieRunner 8 years ago
More underwater expeditions please!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Infernal Gnu 8 years ago
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. 8 years ago
Beautiful - it's amazing what life we are still discovering on this amazing planet.
Comment icon #9 Posted by MissJatti 8 years ago
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 8 years ago
magical realism
Comment icon #11 Posted by Codenwarra 8 years ago
Cute as a button


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