Newly Discovered Jellyfish Looks Like An Alien Spaceship

Posted: May 2 2016, 9:35pm CDT | by , Updated: May 3 2016, 1:26am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Newly Discovered Jellyfish Looks Like an Alien Spaceship
Credit: NOAA

Researchers have found a "stunningly beautiful jellyfish" in the depths of the oceans.

This jellyfish discovered in the depths of the oceans looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it's not an alien spaceship invading the world.

Researchers from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have discovered this stunningly beautiful jellyfish in the depths of Marina Trench last week while they were exploring Enigma Seamount. Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the world’s oceans and the mysterious, glowing creature was seen floating 3,700 meters beneath the surface near a territory called Guam in the Western Pacific Ocean.

Scientists have identified the jellyfish as hydromedusa belonging to genus Crossota, which currently comprises fives species of jellyfish.

Researchers captured the mesmerizing site via their remotely operated vehicle (ROV) during the fourth dive of a four-month expedition and the video went viral when it was posted by NOAA.

At the beginning of the video, it is clearly visible that jellyfish has two sets of tentacles, long and short. When the long tentacles are extended outward, the bell of the jellyfish remains motionless, a feature reflecting that the jellyfish is an ambush predator. Inside the bell, you can see red canals connecting to bright yellow points, which are making the jellyfish look like a flying saucer. Researchers believe that these could be jellyfish’s reproductive glands.

The expedition was primarily focused on the so called Enigma Seamount which was given its informal name as researchers do not know much about it.

“Its morphology is quite different from other seamounts in the region, which generally have a flat top with steep, smooth sides radiating out into narrow ridges. By contrast, this one is more circular in form and the sides are much less smooth.” Researchers wrote in the daily log of the expedition.

The discovery was not possible without Okeanos Explorer, the exploratory vessel for NOAA, which has been providing glimpses of unknown creatures in the depths of the oceans such as jellynose fish and ghost-like octopus since its launch in 2010.

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