Giant ‘ghostly’ jelly was photographed at a depth of 3,200 feet in Monterey Bay, Off the coast of California.
Shots were taken by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) Scientists using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). This is one of only nine times a giant ghostly jelly, Stygiomedusa gigantea, observed by MBARI.
The 53-second long clip shows brown jelly floating around the bay, arms behind him as he moves away.
“The bell of this deep-sea resident is more than one meter long [3.3 feet] Via four ribbon-like arms (or mouth) they can reach more than 10 meters in length,” said a statement from MBAIR.
“Giant ghost jelly was first collected in 1899. Since then, scientists have only encountered this animal about 100 times. It appears to be spread all over the world and has been recorded in all ocean basins except the Arctic. Challenges of getting to its depths – habitat contributes Aquatic species are in relative scarcity to see such a large and widely distributed species.”
The giant phantom jelly is believed to be one of the largest invertebrate predators in the deep ocean BBC Reported after seeing off the coast of Mexico in 2010.
More footage surfaced in 2015, with images of a giant ghost jelly in the Gulf of Mexico.
Before ROVs were widely used, scientists relied on trawls to find and study deep-sea species. “These nets can be effective for studying robust animals such as fish, crustaceans and squid, but the jelly turns into a gel in trawl nets,” MBAIR said.
“Cameras on MBARI’s ROVs have allowed MBARI researchers to study these animals intact in their natural habitat. The high-resolution — and now 4K — video of the giant ghostly jelly captures incredible details about the animal’s appearance and behavior that scientists have not been able to see with a netted specimen traction.”
Jellyfish is one of the creatures that are able to survive in the amazing depths of the ocean. In 2016, researchers found a type of glowing jellyfish Living near the Mariana TrenchIts bottom is the deepest known point in all of the Earth’s oceans. This jellyfish, informally named Enigma Seamount, was photographed at an altitude of 3,700 meters (12,100 feet).
The largest known jellyfish is the lion’s mane jellyfish, Cyanea capillata, which has tentacles that can extend up to 120 feet.