One of the most interesting locations on earth for explorers is the Mariana Trench and the sea creatures that dwell in its depths. It’s located in the western Pacific Ocean, to the east of the Mariana Islands.
Recently, Cameras on the Okeanos Explorer, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel, caught a never-before-seen jellyfish. gracefully swimming at a depth of 2.7 miles.
NOAA scientists, believe that the bio-luminescent creature may be an ambush predator, given that it had its long tentacles splayed outward while its bell remained motionless. Scientists identified it as belonging to the genusCrossota.
NOAA will be exploring the Mariana Trench and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands until July 10.
“The primary expedition goal is to acquire baseline information in deepwater areas to support science and management needs, and to understand the diversity and distribution of deepwater habitats,” NOAA said in a statement about the exploration.