Eerie new jellyfish found in deepest part of ocean
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 12:47 PM - Scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently spotted an eerie UFO-like jellyfish while probing the Mariana Trench -- deepest part of the world’s oceans.
The stunning sea creature was caught on camera during Dive 4 of NOAA’s 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas, at a depth of approximately 3,700 metres.
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The expedition takes NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer to a place known as the “Enigmatic Seamount,” an underwater mountain range. From April 20 to July 10, 2016, NOAA and partners are venturing into areas in and around the Mariana Trench – the deepest part of the earth’s oceans.
"Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota," NOAA reported on the administration’s official website.
By observing the posture and spider-like tentacle movements of the jellyfish, researchers concluded that it’s likely an ambush predator awaiting prey to cross its path.
The main goal of the expedition is to find baseline data in the deep-water range to support scientific needs, and to better understand eco-diversity and distribution of deep-water habitats in and around the Mariana’s Trench National Monument and the Northern Mariana Islands.
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All images and video courtesy of NOAA.