in ,

Underwater Research Team Encounters an Incredible “Fireworks Jellyfish”

How the heck is this thing even real?

Researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus (previously) celebrated the new year with an unlikely guest, a beautiful Halitrephes maasi jellyfish found at a depth of 4,000 feet underwater at the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California, Mexico. The vibrantly hued jellyfish looks like an impressive burst of fireworks when lit, but would otherwise travel in almost completely visual obscurity.

underwater research team found fireworks jellyfish

“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,” the Nautilus crew shares. “But without our lights this gelatinous beauty drifts unseen in the dark.”

You can follow regular discoveries aboard the Nautilus on their frequently updated YouTube channel.

underwater research team found fireworks jellyfish

underwater research team found fireworks jellyfish

(via Core 77)

8-Week-Old Puppy Suspicious Of Bone

Pets Who Just Came Back From The Vet: Their Expressions Say It All