A viral video have been floating around the internet for a while now of a new sea creature “Cascade Creature”, and it got 5 million view since April.
Marine biologists say the spooky “Cascade Creature” isn’t a whale placenta, a parachute, a plastic bag or an alien visitor: It’s a type of jellyfish known as a “Deepstaria enigmatica“.
The video, which was apparently captured by a remotely operated vehicle near an underwater drilling site, caused a bit of a stir over the past couple of weeks among weird-science fans. Now it looks as if the truth is out there, thanks to assessments from experts such as Steven Haddock at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Craig McClain at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.
This bag-like jelly is not that rare, but is large, so rarely seen intact,” Haddock and his colleagues write on the JellyWatch Facebook page. “In the video, the swirling from the sub makes the medusa appear to undulate, and it even turns inside-out.” They provide a helpful picture of a more typical specimen.