Océano Profundo 2018: Psychedelic Medusa

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Some deep-sea fireworks, in the form of a Rhopalonematid jelly (Crossota millsae)! Imaged in a very interesting natural pose by the remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer’s cameras in waters south of La Parguera on the southwestern shore of Puerto Rico at a depth of 1,015 meters (3,330 feet).

Known from the Atlantic as well as the Pacific, jellies similar to these have been found not too far from the seafloor, suggesting a linkage between the benthos and the water column. Recording seemingly natural behaviors and stances by deep-ocean life in high-definition has given us the ability to not only identify these organisms, but learn a little about how they live.

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Exploring Deep-sea Habitats off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Learn more about the expedition here:

(via laughingsquid.com)

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