This armless, shapeshifting bag, a jelly called Deepstaria. (Credit: Nautilus nautiluslive.org))
What in the name of Neptune’s beard, is that a thing? A ghost? An alien? The ghost of an alien?
These were the questions that vexed by a team of deep-sea scientists aboard the research vessel Nautilus this month, when they are underwater, set a robot for a soft, limbless creature, hovering like a ghost in the lantern above the Pacific ocean on the sea floor. When the team looked at the bell-shaped blob is suddenly transformed, hot-air ballooning is a long, see-through windsock, with a mysterious red splotch stuck to her tail.
The blob and the research is evident from a recent video of the meeting, it was not a surprise (it was never the aliens), but it is one of the most-seen and most-studied jellyfish in the sea.
It’s called Deepstaria (with the name of the vessel that first discovered the genus in the mid-1960s, and only a dozen or so times in the last half of this century. The researchers don’t know much about the armless, shapeshifting bag, however, it is a good practice, an extension of the body and engulf the prey to trust it enough to swim in the area.
That would explain the red splotch the inside of the jelly’s stomach. When the researchers zoomed in on the shapeshifting jelly, they could see the red pendant on it was a small, still-living isopod — a type of bottom-feeding crustaceans that can be volunteered to swim into the jelly’s body, and for the protection of the stronger, lower race of animals. This type of “resident sows,” as the researchers call them, have been seen clinging to the other Deepstaria of these animals, but it is not clear whether they share a symbiotic relationship.
Small and, in general, it is well-known all over Deepstaria a jelly, or their sow or it will be destroyed, because there are so few specimens have been studied. The Kernel team felt this deep sea duo and 2,500 feet (750 meters) below the water in the Central Pacific ocean, about half-way between the continental United States and canada. Maybe she’s more of Deepstaria, or something even stranger, as their journey through the darkness will continue until the end of October.
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Originally published on Live Science.