Researchers captured stunning footage of a blood-red jellyish that may be a new species.
The discovery was made off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island during a deep-ocean expedition. Using a specialized deep-sea camera, researchers from the NOAA found the red jellyfish around 2,300 feet below the surface.
The exploration took place as part of the 2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones expedition.
According to the NOAA, the jellyfish is part of the genus Poralia, but it may be an “undescribed species.”
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The genus Poralia currently contains just one known species, Poralia rufescens, a deep-sea jellyfish found around the world.
Researchers believe the blood-red jellyfish caught on camera could be a new species of Poralia.
Speaking with The Charlotte Observer, an NOAA representative explained, “It appears that the jellyfish in the video … has many more tentacles than seen in the described Poralia rufescens, leading scientists to believe the jellyfish … is an undescribed species.”
They went on to say that the jellyfish also appeared to have nematocyst warts on the upper outside part of the body, which could be used as a form of defense or to trap prey.
The jellyfish wasn’t the only incredible find during the expedition. The NOAA reported that they encountered “several unknown animals” during the dive.
Checkout the jellyfish in the video below: