Scientists discover alien-looking jellyfish more than two miles down in Mariana Trench.
Scientists exploring the famous Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean near Guam have captured images of a new kind of jellyfish. And it is a really strange-looking one.
The Mariana Trench is the deepest spot in all the world’s oceans, reaching 6.831 miles deep at its deepest point. And scientists are always finding all sorts of strange creatures there. The bioluminescent jellyfish was captured on video by a remotely operated vehicle back in April on the Enigma Seamount down at a crushing depth of 12,140 feet.
It looks like an alien or spacecraft out of a cheesy 1950s science fiction movie. Its tentacles extend out of a bell-shaped body with red and yellow pulsing internal organs. According to Discovery News, those yellow things are the jellyfish’s gonads.
Discovery News reports the jellyfish keeps the bell portion of its body still while using its tentacles to strike at prey items, making the strange-looking animal an ambush predator.
The scientists identified this particular jellyfish as belonging to a genus of jellyfish known as Crossota.
But deep-sea jellyfish weren’t the only strange creatures the scientists found on the Enigma Seamount. Strange undersea worms, eels, sponges, lobster, shrimp and stalked crinoids were also observed in the first leg of an expedition that will last another few days.
It will be interesting to see what other creatures the expedition turns up this summer. A second leg will depart at the end of this month and a third will start off on June 17.
Image via Discovery News.