Up Close and Personal With the Mysterious "Placental Jellyfish"

By Sarah Zhang | May 18, 2012 1:47 pm

Last week, a video of this mysterious blob floating 5000 feet under the sea was all over the Internet. Was it a whale placenta? A jellyfish? After some collective ooing and aahing, folks on the interwebs put their thinking hats on. Craig McClain  at Deep Sea News dug through the literature and found a 1988 paper describing just such a jellyfish, calling it Deepstaria reticulum.

Now the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has posted a stunning video of Deepstaria jellyfish. Watch it to learn more about Deepstaria—and to look at pretty images. Win win for a Friday afternoon.

[via Deep Sea News]

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Living World
  • http://graygoosegosling.wordpress.com Craig Gosling

    This jellyfish is a wondrous example of what a link between unicellular and multicellular life might have looked like, billions of years ago, unless you believe the earth and universe was created less than ten thousand years ago.

  • http://www.jellyfishfacts.net/ Jellyfish Facts

    Intriguing article. I’ve been studying Jellyfish Species for a long time, have you visited my site? You might enjoy it: Jellyfish Facts. I’ve got a good article – 6 Amazing Jellyfish in the Sea

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