By Hannah McFadyen
This rarely-seen deep sea jellyfish was captured as it twirled about over a 4,000 feet deep in the ocean.
The rarely seen but beautiful Halitrephes Jelly was captured as it floated into view and began to turn gently in the ocean.
Captured by deep sea exploration team from the Ocean Exploration Trust, they captured the bizarre sea-creature about 300 miles of the Mexican Baja California.
Incredibly, at 1225 meters down the beautiful colours of the jellyfish are rarely seen due to the lack of light.
The jellyfish is only able to be seen due to the lights of the remote operated vehicle that is filming it.
The Ocean Exploration Trust was founded by Dr Robert Ballard – best known for his discovery of the Titanic’s final resting place.
Aboard the 64-meter research vessel, the Nautilus, the crew explore the ocean, its creatures and the seafloor.
The had been mapping the seabed to the east of Socorro Island, in the Revillagigedo Archipelago island chain located about 300 miles off the Baja California Coast.
You can find out more about the Nautilus and Ocean Exploration Team at www.nautiluslive.org .
The trust reports that the jellyfish’s tendrils are used to move the nutrients through its body.
The Halitrephes jellyfish has been described since 1909, and can be found floating through much of the deeper reaches of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.