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Behold the extra awesomeness of a beautiful deep-sea jellyfish…

Behold the extra awesomeness of a beautiful deep-sea jellyfish that looks like a flying saucer. This underwater UFO (USO?) was recently spotted by the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during a research dive at the Utu Seamount in the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa in the South Pacific.

According to NOAA zoologist Allen Collins, this jelly is a Rhopalonematid trachymedusa. These animals are primarily found in the deep ocean, and are identifiable by their umbrella-like appearance.

As noted by the biologists in the video, the translucent creature’s reproductive organs can be seen in bright yellow, and its digestive system appears in red. It’s not immediately obvious why this jelly features two types of tentacles—one set that faces up and another that faces down. It’s possible this configuration helps it to snatch its prey.

[via Gizmodo]

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