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May 18, 2016 AT 10:00 am

Surreal Jellyfish Discovered 2.3 Miles Deep #NOAA

This particular jellyfish was discovered by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s ship Okeanos Explorer,Via Scientific American

It almost looks photoshopped. But it’s real.

Scientists believe this animal belongs to the genus Crossota, a group of jellies that does not have a sessile polyp stage; all phases of their lives are ocean drifters. They also believe this animal is an ambush predator – note the posture it had assumed in the first half of the video: its bell motionless with its tentacles outstretched like the struts of a spider’s web, waiting for something to bumble into them. The red canals, they suggest, appear to connect the bright yellow objects, which may be gonads.

Read more and find daily updates from the NOAA explorer here!

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