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Sunday January 22 2017 / Science & Technology - Horology

In 2016, scientists on the research ship Okeanos Explorer were exploring the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, which is the deepest part of our planet.

They saw what appears to be a new species of jellyfish glowing brightly as it gracefully moved through the water at the incredible depth of 3,700 metres.

The hydromedusa has been identified as belonging to the genus Crossota. The alien-like creature has two sets of tentacles — short and long.

In the video above the bell is motionless while the tentacles are evenly extended outward suggesting that the creature is in ambush predation mode.

The luminous structures in the bell are radial canals in red connecting what looks like the gonads in bright yellow.

The radial symmetry, glow-in-the-dark luminance, and dome like bell of the new medusa brings to mind another strange object that's just at home in the water, though not so deep: the MB&F HM7 Aquapod.

You can see more of that at Horological Machines No.7 Aquapod

Suggested by
Ian Skellern