Rare Jellyfish Found 4,000 Feet Deep Looks Like Underwater Fireworks Explosion

  • A rare Halitrephes maasi jellyfish filmed by the E/V Nautilus displays vibrant colors.

rare deepsea jellyfish

A special New Year’s Eve discovery from the crew of the E/V Nautilus.

“We’re starting this year with deep sea fireworks, and a spirit of exploration! When something remarkable floats by in the middle of sampling operations, our team quickly switches gears to marvel and document.

The frilled tentacles of the Halitrephes maasi jelly came into view at 1225m in the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California, Mexico. Radial canals that move nutrients through the jelly’s bell form a starburst pattern that reflects the lights of ROV Hercules with bright splashes of yellow and pink–but without our lights this gelatinous beauty drifts unseen in the dark.”

Check out the rare Halitrephes maasi captured on video.

A Burst of Deep Sea Fireworks: Halitrephes Jelly

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