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Cube-shaped creature with 24 eyes discovered in a pond in Hong Kong

By T.K. Randall
April 22, 2023 · Comment icon 3 comments

The new species is a type of box jellyfish. Image Credit: YouTube / hongkongbaptistu
Researchers at Hong Kong Baptist University made the discovery at the Mai Po Nature Reserve.
Some creatures sound so 'out there' that it's hard to believe that they could ever be real animals, yet this particular example - which was recently discovered hiding in the brackish waters of a nature reserve shrimp pond - is very much the genuine article.

With a see-through, box-shaped body and an array of two-dozen eyes, this remarkable creature was found by researchers during three consecutive annual visits to the site.
It has since been formally named Tripedalia maipoensis - a species of box jellyfish.

"We named the new species Tripedalia maipoensis to reflect its type locality - where the new species was first found," said Professor Qiu Jianwen.

"Although it is currently known only in Mai Po, we believe that this species is also distributed in the adjacent waters of the Pearl River Estuary as the gei wais are connected to the estuary through a tidal channel."

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (3)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Nicolette 1 year ago
I only see 2 eyes
Comment icon #2 Posted by fred_mc 1 year ago
Hmmm, if they have eyes, they must have a brain to interpret what they are seeing. I didn't think jellyfish had brains.
Comment icon #3 Posted by MissJatti 11 months ago
Why so many eyes

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