Right here’s a sight that’s most likely by no means been caught on digicam earlier than: the bloody-belly comb jelly in the course of a jelly dump.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium posted the footage on its Twitter feed this week, noting that the jelly’s poops really sparkle.
“Transfer over, unicorns,” the group wrote in a followup tweet:
The bloody-belly comb jelly, which is a ctenophore and never a real jelly, is featured within the aquarium’s new exhibition, Into the Deep.
“Paradoxically, on the depths the place the bloody-belly lives, it’s practically invisible to predators,” the aquarium noted on its website. “Within the darkness of the deep sea, animals which are crimson seem black and mix into the darkish background.”
Because the bloody-belly comb jelly’s prey may be bioluminescent, that blood-red intestine hides what it ate, thus hiding the jelly, too.
“A predator with a glowing intestine might simply grow to be prey,” the web site stated.
George Matsumoto, the marine biologist on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Analysis Institute (MBARI) who found the bloody-belly comb jelly in 2003, told the Mercury News that he didn’t assume it might ever be displayed as it might soften when collected.
“I by no means had an intact specimen. I by no means noticed it below a microscope,” he stated. “It was so delicate to temperature change, I believed it couldn’t be displayed.”
Because of this, he estimated that solely two dozen individuals had noticed the bloody-belly comb jelly whereas it was alive ― till now. And in the event that they’re fortunate, they may even see it launch sparkly unicorn poops.
The aquarium posted the footage on its YouTube channel, full with a soundtrack:
MBARI additionally shared extra data on the bloody-belly comb jelly right here: