Newly Discovered Alien-Like Jellyfish Caught Near The Mariana Trench Looks So Surreal

This stunningly beautiful jellyfish was seen during Dive 4 of the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas expedition on April 24, 2016, while exploring Enigma Seamount at a depth of ~3,700 meters.

Scientists identified this hydromedusa as belonging to the genus Crossota. At the beginning of the video, 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.

Now for something really creepy check out the first ever audio recordings at the bottom of the Mariana Trench (HERE). Don’t forget to give this a share on Facebook before you go, and make sure to drop us a comment below!

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