A cosmic jellyfish floats through the sea in a new video from an underwater robotic craft tasked with exploring the deep ocean off the coast of American Samoa and Samoa.
The Okeanos Explorer ship operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) caught sight of the jellyfish on Feb. 21 during a dive in the Utu seamount, a previously unexplored area, according to the agency.
The researchers who caught sight of the jellyfish noted that it has two sets of tentacles and the yellow glowing structures dotting the outside of the jelly appear to be reproductive organs, with its red digestive system in the middle.
“It’s a really beautiful jellyfish,” one of the scientists said on a NOAA website.
The jellyfish wasn’t the only creature seen during the dive deep into Utu.
“Moving along the dive track, we also observed glass sponges, sea stars, carnivorous tunicates, crinoids, and anemones, as well as several halosaurs and two cusk eels,” NOAA researchers said
The remotely-operated vehicle is allowing scientists to explore this area to learn more about the life that exists in a poorly studied area. Okeanos has been exploring the deep seas on this mission since Feb. 16 and should continue to do so through April.
You can keep up with the journey by following along with NOAA’s livestreams of the mission.