Friday, August 21, 2015

Mysterious alien-like creature spotted in this deep sea footage - but what is it?

The bizarre specimen was filmed by a remote camera - and has only been seen just over 100 times in the last century
A mysterious alien-like creature has been spotted floating in the deep sea - and it is so rare it has only been seen by scientists just over 100 times in a century.
The bizarre creature appears to have a small, disc-shaped bell which can measure up to a metre wide.
It also has four thick, stinging tentacles that can extend up to six metres in length.

Mysterious: The creature has a mysterious disc-shaped bell and four stinging tentacles

Stygiomedusa gigantea is a rare giant deep sea jellyfish, that has only been thought to have been spotted just over 100 times since it was discovered in 1900.
The image of the strange creature was captured by an ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rare: The creature has only been spotted just over a hundred times in a century

It is thought to be one of the largest invertebrate predators in the deep-sea ecosystem.
The clip has been upload to YouTube by Phillip Trudeau on August 18, and has already clocked up more than 7,800 views.

Strange: The creature is known as a giant jellyfish and is thought to be incredibly rare

Previous studies show the jellyfish has been spotted in oceans all over the world - except the Arctic where it is yet to be discovered.
Last week, the world's first two-headed hermaphrodite sea slug was discovered by divers off the coast of Sabah in eastern Malaysian Borneo.

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