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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395 comments

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

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Sheyla V.
Sheyla V3 years ago

Neat... but still creeps me out!

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Jennifer H.
Jennifer H3 years ago

Oh, wow. How fascinating. Thanks.

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Jelena Radovanovic
Past Member 3 years ago

Thank you.

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John S.
Past Member 3 years ago

I am not a fan.

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Andrew C.
Andrew C3 years ago

Fascinating

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Ken W.
Ken W3 years ago

Cool

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Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

Safeguard their right of existence

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Elisabeth JImmink

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.

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Glenda L.
Glenda L3 years ago

Cool!!

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