Scientists Just Found This Weird Jellyfish Deep In The Pacific Ocean


Tom Hale

Senior Journalist

clockMay 2 2016, 22:59 UTC
116 Scientists Just Found This Weird Jellyfish Deep In The Pacific Ocean
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas/oceanexplorergov/YouTube

The deeper into the ocean you go, the weirder life seems to get. It may look like a spaceship out of a sci-fi film, but the creature in this video from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is actually a jellyfish.

On April 24, the alien-like hydromedusa was spotted at a depth of around 3,700 meters (12,100 feet) in an area of the Mariana Trench called the Enigma Seamount in the Pacific Ocean.


In a statement, NOAA said: “You'll see that the long tentacles are even and extended outward and the bell is motionless. 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 footage was captured during a dive by experts aboard the Okeanos Explorer, a research vessel that is exploring the deepwater environments of the Mariana Trench until July 10. You can check out live-streams of their dives from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fiji Time (GMT + 12) on certain days.



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