This rare jellyfish looks like a firework

Researchers took a deep dive about 300 miles off Baja California and found a rare species of jellyfish called the 'Halitrephes maasi' jelly. It's tentacles reflect light causing it to look like a firework bursting under the sea.

Researchers got a stunning show in the waters about 300 miles off Baja California — a rare species of jellyfish that looks like a deep-sea firework.

The Halitrephes maasi jelly came into view almost a mile below the surface, according to NautilusLive.org, where the research vessel Nautilus streams footage of their exploration at sea.

The jellyfish’s frilled tentacles and the radial canals that move nutrients through the jelly’s bell reflect light, causing it to look like a firework bursting under the water.

But the jellyfish doesn’t always appear so festive, according to researchers. Without the lights of the remotely operated vehicle observing it, the Halitrephes Jelly usually drifts unseen in dark waters.

© 2018 KPNX-TV


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment
TRENDING VIDEOS