Sea Creature Mystery Video: Do You Have Any Idea What This Is?

Posted by on May 11th, 2012
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A sentient bed sheet.

That’s pretty much the only descriptor that comes to mind when looking at this video. In reality, this blob caught on a deep sea drilling camera off the coast of the UK is a massive jellyfish.

Steven Haddock, a scientist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, Calif., says that the mysterious creature is a Deepstaria enigmatica jellyfish, much to the chagrin of some Reddit users who thought it was a whale placenta.

“This bag-like jelly is not that rare, but is large, so rarely seen intact,” Haddock said on his “JellyWatch” Facebook page. “In the video, the swirling from the sub makes the medusa appear to undulate and it even turns inside-out.”

It’s kind of hypnotic. Just makes you want to submit to our jellyfish overlords and walk into the ocean to bask in their omnipotent glory.

[CBS Tampa]

5 Responses to “Sea Creature Mystery Video: Do You Have Any Idea What This Is?”

  1. Nick Says:

    It’s a whale placenta

  2. Kevin Says:

    Harry Potter dropped his invisibility cloak in the ocean? 

  3. mxyzptlk Says:

    It’s jellyfish placenta.

  4. Kenneth Cowan Says:

    I’m not sure what it is, but I’m pretty sure it killed Lieutenant Yar.

  5. mxyzptlk Says:

    I was wrong — it’s Reddit placenta.