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Strange, alien-like jellyfish filmed for first time

By T.K. Randall
April 26, 2019 · Comment icon 4 comments

The jellyfish is thought to be a new species. Image Credit: YouTube / The Five Deeps Expedition
Researchers have captured footage of a remarkable, previously unseen type of jellyfish deep beneath the sea.
Gliding through the gloom over 4.5 miles beneath the surface of the Indian Ocean, this incredible blue jelly almost looks like a balloon wafting on a gentle breeze as it slowly hovers in to view.

The video was recorded at the deepest point of the Java Trench where scientists at the Five Deeps Expedition have been exploring the uncharted depths with a special deep-sea submarine.
"It is not often we see something that is so extraordinary that it leaves us speechless," said chief scientist Dr. Alan Jamieson. "At this point we are not entirely sure what species it was."

The creature was filmed during the submarine's third successful trip to the bottom of the sea.

You can view the footage it captured for yourself in the video below.

Source: Straits Times | Comments (4)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Vlad the Mighty 5 years ago
plastic bag from LIDL   Actually the quality of those pictures from deep beneath the waves is breathtaking isn't it. 
Comment icon #2 Posted by Carnoferox 5 years ago
The scientists have identified this as a new species of tunicate, not a jellyfish as the headlines keep reporting.
Comment icon #3 Posted by AllPossible 5 years ago
That's just old Blue in jellyfish form. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Myles 5 years ago
I also don't like the term "alien-like" used with this.   We've never seen an alien.

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