The Giant Phantom Jelly – Rare Jellyfish Spotted at 3,200 Feet

This rare glimpse of the mysterious giant phantom jellyfish (stygiomedusa gigantea) was found by MBARI’s remotely operated vehicle ‘Doc Ricketts’, at a depth of 990 meters (3,200 feet) in Monterey Bay, California. The bell is more than one meter (3.3 feet) across and trails four ribbon-like oral arms that can grow to more than 10 meters (33 feet) in length.

The first specimen of the giant phantom jelly was found in 1899, it would be another 60 years before scientists recognized this as a new species and even today very little is know about this deep water ghost. More information on the Giant Phantom Jelly can be found on MBARI’s site.



The Giant Phantom Jelly – Rare Jellyfish Spotted at 3,200 Feet

This rare glimpse of the mysterious giant phantom jellyfish (stygiomedusa gigantea) was found by MBARI’s remotely operated vehicle ‘Doc Ricketts’, at a depth of 990 meters (3,200 feet) in Monterey Bay, California. The bell is more than one meter (3.3 feet) across and trails four ribbon-like oral arms that can grow to more than 10 meters (33 feet) in length.

The first specimen of the giant phantom jelly was found in 1899, it would be another 60 years before scientists recognized this as a new species and even today very little is know about this deep water ghost. More information on the Giant Phantom Jelly can be found on MBARI’s site.