Stunning footage of ‘cosmic jellyfish’ captured in NOAA’s expedition (VIDEO)
Marine biologists on board the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Okeanos Explorer captured the hydromedusa jelly at the Utu seamount on February 21.
Researchers were exploring the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa through remotely operated vehicle video observations in order to study the animals in midwater “in an undisturbed manner”.
The beautiful creature is part of the Rhopalonematidae family and can usually be found deep in the ocean.
The animal’s translucent reproductive organs can be seen in bright yellow in the footage, along with its digestive system in red. Scientist believes its two sets of tentacles are for optimum feeding at 3,000 meters underwater.