The MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) recently released footage of an extremely rare giant phantom jellyfish, which was spotted off the coast of California.
Watch the video of the giant jellyfish below:
The jellyfish is so rare that it was first documented in 1899 and since that, it has only been filmed around 9 times. Not only that, this jellyfish is so rare that it has only been officially spotted 110 times in the last 110 years.
Researchers believe that this fish lives anywhere from surface level to 21,900 ft. They also noted that it usually sticks to the Twilight Zone, an area in the sea where light does not reach.
The latest sighting was caught at the depth of 3,200 ft, which is around 990 meters and the best thing about it is that it was caught on camera.
The amazing footage of the rare jellyfish was shared on the official YouTube channel of Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).
According to a post that they made about the rare sighting, the jellyfish was around 33ft long.
The researchers also managed to take multiple footages of the Stygiomedusa gigantea from three different perspectives
Researchers believe that this type of jellyfish feeds on plankton and small fishes.
Their exact feed is not known because there is very little information about this creature.
Talking about the Stygiomedusa gigantea, the researchers said:
Even now, scientists still know very little about this animal. The challenges of accessing its deep-water habitat contribute to the relative scarcity of sightings for such a large and broadly distributed species.
According to the researchers, the giant phantom jellyfish appears to be in all oceans except for the Arctic Ocean and the reason behind that is still unknown.
Before underwater robots were invented, experts used to track such animals, especially the Stygiomedusa gigantea, with the help of trawling nets
In the last 34 years, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) sent out thousands of remotely operated vehicles in the deep sea, however, they only managed to observe the giant phantom jellyfish 9 times.
The last video of the phantom jellyfish was captured in 2004.
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