NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer is exploring the Mariana Trench and has uncovered some pretty amazing new creatures including this eerily stunning jellyfish that could easily be inspiration for a scifi film.
The video was captured on April 24 of the unknown jellyfish scientists think most likely belongs to the genus Crossota. The Okeanos Explorer captured this jellyfish about 2.3 miles below the ocean’s surface.
“You’ll see that the long tentacles are even and extended outward, and the bell is motionless,” NOAA said. “This suggests an ambush predation mode. Within the bell, the radial canals in red are connecting points for what looks like the gonads in bright yellow.”
The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the ocean and spans a little over 1,500 miles across the ocean floor.
[via USA Today]