A Rare and Incredible Jellyfish Filmed by the E/V Nautilus: “A Burst of Deep Sea Fireworks”

Exploration Vessel Nautilus, an underwater exploration organization, offering live exploration of unknown regions of the ocean seeking out new discoveries in biology, geology, and archaeology.

The team of researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus said: “We’re starting this year with deep sea fireworks, and a spirit of exploration! When something remarkable floats by in the middle of sampling operations, our team quickly switches gears to marvel and document. The frilled tentacles of the Halitrephes maasi jelly came into view at 1225m in the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California, Mexico. Radial canals that move nutrients through the jelly’s bell form a starburst pattern that reflects the lights of ROV Hercules with bright splashes of yellow and pink–but without our lights this gelatinous beauty drifts unseen in the dark. ”

via [Core 77]


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