The jellyfish that was discovered by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Insitute still continues to amaze us.
A recent remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dive footage captured this rare and psychedelic jellyfish in the zone of Monterey Canyon in the Pacific Ocean.
The Discovery Of This Magnificent Jellyfish
It was first discovered in 2018 and possesses a luminous body and spindle-shaped tentacles that look like colorful trails rather than gelatinous appendages.
The recent footage from Doc Ricketts showed both the sexes and their respective body parts.
There is also another, a phantom jellyfish, which bears limbs that are almost 33 feet long.
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The ocean holds some weird but incredible creatures. Creatures like eels, octopuses, and blobs are present in the same milieu and are the whacky outcomes of natural selection.
The jellyfish that we are talking about is the Crossota millsae. It is so colorful that scientists are referring it to as “psychedelic”. The name of this organism was coined in honor of ocean conservationist Claudia Mills, who dedicated her career to studying similar ocean creatures.
The Video Uploaded By The MBARI
The MBARI posted the video on YouTube and had accumulated loads of attention. The MBARI or Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute operates robotic submarines that discover bizarre marine creatures that the planet has to offer.
The video shows the Crossota millsae. This specimen is quite striking among the other jellyfish observed at the Monterey Canyon. This creature lives in the “midnight zone” of the ocean and looks like the aftermath of a firecracker. It bears a yellow and red bell, under the light of the submarine and its arms look like smoke in the night sky.
MBARI added that there were major differences between the male and female species. The eggs borne by the females were large and globular while the male’s gonads were shaped like a sausage. Baby versions of C. millsae were also seen to hang around in their mother’s bell before leaving on their own.
Image credits: MBARI