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Rare Giant Jellyfish Caught On Tape For The First Time

Rare Giant Jellyfish Caught On Tape For The First Time

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This past April, a rare giant jellyfish known as Stygiomedusa gigantean was spotted swimming in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time ever.

These animals are 3 feet in diameter across the “bell” or head, and have four tenticle arms that are 20 feet long. Although the creature’s size makes it quite intimidating, it lacks the stinging capabilities of its smaller cousins.

With only 114 sightings in the last 110 years it is a jellyfish that is rarely seen, but believed to be widespread throughout the world.

Scientists say finding this massive species can provide better insight into habitat, behavior, and ecology of this mysterious creature.

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12:22AM PST on Feb 14, 2014

Neat... but still creeps me out!

9:41PM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Oh, wow. How fascinating. Thanks.

3:39AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

Thank you.

2:06AM PST on Feb 11, 2014

I am not a fan.

8:05PM PST on Feb 10, 2014

Fascinating

5:31PM PST on Feb 10, 2014

Cool

2:55AM PST on Feb 10, 2014

Safeguard their right of existence

5:00PM PST on Feb 9, 2014

Would not want to swim into one of those ... Sorry, but I grew up with jellyfish and they creep me out. I can however admire their beautiful movements on a video like this one.

7:24AM PST on Feb 8, 2014

Cool!!

4:24PM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Pretty impressive aren't they!

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