ROV Video: NOAA scientists call this a 'Psychedelic Medusa'

From October 30 - November 20, 2018, NOAA and its partners are conducting a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information on unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas surrounding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A NOAA ROV filmed a Rhopalonematid jelly hovering just above the seafloor.

360-Degree Feeding

With tentacles extended in all directions, the Rhopalonematid jelly Crossota millsaeis was caught in a very interesting natural pose by the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Deep Discoverer’s cameras in waters south of La Parguera on the southwestern shore of Puerto Rico at a depth of 1,015 meters (3,330 feet).

Moving just above the seafloor, ROV Deep Discoverer came across this jellyfish hovering with its tentacles extending outward in all directions. Looking into known accounts of jellyfish similar to this one, it appears the jellyfish shown is a male individual of Crossota millsae, a jellyfish in the Family Rhopalonematidae.

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