It’s an umbilical cord, it’s a pair of discarded trousers…No, wait, it’s a super rare sighting of a giant jellyfish that’s sure to hypnotize you!
Yes, that thing in the video above is called a stygiomedusa gigantea. Since being discovered 110 years ago it’s only been spotted a little over 100 times. According to the BBC, this Goliath of a jellyfish is thought to be one of the largest invertebrate predators in the deep sea ecosystem. So, how big is it exactly? Their disc-shaped bell (called Medusa) is a metre wide, and its four arms can extend up to six metres in length. Complete insanity.
Although it’s unknown as to who recorded the mesmerizing footage that’s been circulating the web for days, Louisiana State University professor Mark Benfield, who’s filmed these fascinating creatures more than once, says this video is the real deal.
“It is, in fact, the best video of this species I have ever seen,” he told the Huffington Post.
Benfield says, unlike most jellyfish, stygiomedusa gigantea doesn’t have stinging tentacles–but don’t let that fool you. Apparently, it “simply envelopes its prey and then just digests them through contact with these oral arms–digestion actually takes places in canals on these oral arms.” Yep, now we’re freaking out. However, we can totally see why its prey ventures too close to it. Heck, we’d probably be too awestruck to flee if we somehow caught a glimpse of this creature in real life.
Luckily, we all can watch it from a safe distance in the video above which comes complete with a creepy soundtrack to match.