While filming in the Marianas Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, researchers on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer were graced with this footage of a newly discovered species of jellyfish. Aided by a remotely operated underwater vehicle, scientists spotted this creature 2.3 miles below water.
Eight luminous orbs within its bell-shaped hood glow golden yellow like bright light bulbs. Spindly tentacles protrude like spider legs. Scientists say this jellyfish belongs to the genus Crossota.
Researchers aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ship Okeanos Explorer just completed the first stage of a three leg expedition. This expedition is unique in many ways, one being the live feeds that are continuously available for researchers and the public alike. Scientists and students on shore in remote locations around the world will monitor the feed and interact with the vessel while providing real-time guidance and information. That’s how we get to discover new species like this right along with the researchers. You can access the live feed via www.youtube.com/oceanexplorergov.
This really cool jellyfish was filmed in the deepest place on earth
Posted by NowThis on Thursday, May 5, 2016