Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Alien Jellyfish found in Arctic Deep

Continuing my jellyfish obsession...I present to you, Alien Jellyfish! I just saw this on National Geographic. I love NatGeo (how can you not?).

From nationalgeographic.com:
In the black depths of the frigid Arctic Ocean, scientists on a 2005 expedition found a splash of color: The brilliant, blood-red Crossota norvegica jellyfish (second one pictured).

The creature was spotted by a remotely operated vehicle 8,530 feet (2,600 meters) underwater during a two-month National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expedition to the Canada Basin, the deepest and least explored part of the Arctic waters.

And this is the weird Pacific Barreleye fish, which has a transparent domed head. It was discovered alive in the deep water off California's central coast by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

Click here to watch a video of the fish.

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