The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) recently amazed its followers on social media by sharing high-definition footage of a rare psychedelic jellyfish swimming through the Pacific Ocean. This jelly inhabits the midnight zone (3,300 to 13,100 ft below ocean surface) and is known for its colorful body and flashy tentacles.
The psychedelic jellyfish, which has a maximum bell diameter of 1.1 inches, was only discovered in 2018. It was named Crossota millsaea in honor of renowned ocean conservationist and marine scientist Claudia Mills.
MBARI footage was captured during a recent ROV (remotely operated vehicle) dive in the area of Monterey Canyon. It offers one of the most detailed looks at these fascinating sea creatures, including some remarkable scenes of their illuminating tentacles. According to scientists, the jelly emits light as a form of defense, but it can also serve as a warning sign.
In the video’s description, MBARI also shared some further details about the psychedelic jellyfish. Unlike most other jelly species, there is a clear distinction between male and female Crossota millsaea. The males have gonads shaped like sausages, while the eggs of the female are globular. Another fascinating thing is that the female keeps baby jellies under her bell before they are ready to be independent.
Check out this amazing video below.