A previously unknown type of jellyfish was discovered by a ROV in the depths of the Pacific Ocean. The bizarre jellyfish discovered in Mariana Trench looks mesmerizing, displaying a combination of luminescent tentacles and organs.
Scientists noticed the jellyfish on the footage provided by the ROV and shot at 3.700 meters below sea level. The little creature is believed to be part of the genus Crossota, along with other known 5 species. The jellyfish was found floating in the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on the surface of the Earth.
Influenced by the aspect of its tentacles, scientists believe the jellyfish might be a predator that ambushes its prey before killing it. Found in such a remote place in the Pacific Ocean, the jellyfish is still a mystery to the specialists who will continue to explore the area. For the next two months the explorers will remain in this part of the ocean, collecting information about the local flora and fauna.
The new jellyfish displays a set of luminescent gonads in its bell and also multiple long tentacles. Another unusual element is the fact that unlike most creatures of this kind, the bizarre jellyfish doesn’t have an immobile stage. The freshly-discovered creature keeps drifting away in the ocean in search of food and mates its entire life.
Due to its depth, the Mariana Trench still remains virtually inaccessible to scientists who want to explore the local animals and plants. Apparently only a small percent of the area has been explored until now due to the difficulty of access to such a remote location. With the help of modern technology, the scientist can now gain a better knowledge of life forms developing in the area.
The team that discovered the jellyfish is hopeful that they will uncover other new forms of life on the bottom of the ocean. They are happy with the possibility of coming across another beautiful and strange creature, previously unknown to us.
The mysterious creature spotted by the ROV shows how much there is still to discover about our planet and its inhabitants. The beauty of this alien-like creature has mesmerized the specialists who are hopeful that there is much more to find deep in the Mariana Trench.
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