In the Monterey Bay region of the United States, a new rare species of crown jellyfish has been discovered by scientists.
What’s special is that it looks like a scarlet alien saucer.
The new species, blood red in color, is called Atolla reynoldsi. It measures about 5 inches (13 centimeters) in diameter, according to reports.
“This jellyfish can also have 26 to 39 tentacles,” said researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). This species has a deep groove around its central bell, which resembles a domed head with a frilly red crown.
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Atolla reynoldsi appears to be the largest of the known species of the genus Atolla, the scientists said.
It also lacks a single elongated tentacle, present in other crown jellyfish species.
Researchers identified this species in a new study published in the journal “Animals” last month.
It has been spotted in the “sunless” region of Monterey Bay at depths of 3,323 to 10,463 feet (1,013 to 3,189 m) so far.
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In a statement, George Matsumoto, Senior Education and Research Specialist at MBARI and lead author of the study, said: “These remarkable new frosts underscore how much we have yet to learn about the deep sea. every dive in the depths of Monterey Bay, we learn something new.”
This species was spotted during the analysis of thousands of hours of images, which were taken in the Midnight Zone of Monterey Bay from April 2006 to June 2021.
After extensive research, scientists have found that the species is “molecularly and morphologically distinct” from other species in the genus.
(With agency contributions)