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Scientists Capture Rare Footage of Spooky Arctic Jellyfish

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posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 11:50 AM
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Scientists Capture Rare Footage of Spooky Arctic Jellyfish
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Using a small robotic sub, scientists from Columbia University have captured rare video of Arctic jellyfish slithering along the bottom of the Chukchi Sea near Barrow Alaska. The footage came as a complete surprise to the researchers, who weren’t expecting to see jellyfish during the Arctic winter.

The scientists’ research, published in Marine Ecology, shows that a species of large jellyfish known as Chrysaora melanaster is capable of surviving the arctic winter in its adult form, a life stage known as medusae. Prior to these observations, which were made from 2011 to 2014, scientists thought that the under sea conditions were too harsh for adult jellies during the winter months, and that this species could only survive under the arctic ice during its stage as a polyp—a formless blob that releases tiny baby medusae in the spring.

To their amazement, the submersible captured haunting images of the large medusae, some of them dragging their one-foot-long tentacles behind them. The jellies use these tentacles to snatch meals off the seafloor.

But there’s still one lingering question: Do these jellies sting? “I don’t know,” said Juhl. “There aren’t that many people around there swimming to find out.”


Yes, these jellyfish, although not as elegant as some of the others in warmer oceans, definitely have a little creep factor to them. Nonetheless, another amazing capture of what lies beneath the ice sheets.

I just find it interesting how they "crawl" or swim in reverse dragging their tentacle like an anchor behind them or use that tentacle as a stabilizer of some sort as they creep the bottom of the ocean.

Either way pretty cool.





posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 11:53 AM
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a reply to: Skywatcher2011

Its not spooky what so ever.. Its an amazing creature though. Jelly fish always seem to me to come from other planets..

saf..



posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 11:58 AM
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a reply to: Skywatcher2011

Very neat.



posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 12:28 PM
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They’re jellyroombas... (Jellyroombum?; jellyroombi?)




posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 01:09 PM
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I just wonder if they think they are getting somewhere with their flapping about. Are they used to disappointment when they can't get where they think they are going?

Neat though. S&F



posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 01:49 PM
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What is spooky about these jellyfish. They look kind of cool. It looks almost like they are trolling.



posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 02:29 PM
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a reply to: Skywatcher2011

Did i miss the spooky part?



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posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 06:42 PM
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Cool.

The surrounding area looks so desolate.

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.



posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 07:00 PM
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Booyakasha !
Look dem octopus's colors
why dey all dread ?
Hear me Now, thems Bleak !

Like why do nature not give colors
to creatures from da cold and deep ?
Rude Innit ? I know some creatures
be lights up, Why ?
Nature be racist.
edit on 24-10-2017 by UnderKingsPeak because: booyakasha



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posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 07:24 PM
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I'm waiting to see Sponge Bob show up with a butterfly net.

That would be awesome....



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posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 08:31 PM
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posted on Oct, 24 2017 @ 09:22 PM
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originally posted by: purplemer
a reply to: Skywatcher2011

Its not spooky what so ever.. Its an amazing creature though. Jelly fish always seem to me to come from other planets..

saf..


Yeah jellyfish are good templates for alien creatures.

These arctic ones in the video look pretty standard though, as bizarre jellyfish appearances go.
There are hundreds of examples of very strange jellyfish, like this atolla jellyfish:



And when the atolla gets freaked out, it lights up with bioluminescence.


Isn't that like so totally alien??



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