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Giant Deep Sea Jellyfish Filmed in Gulf of Mexico
http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8638000/8638527.stm ^ | 4/23/2010 | Jody Bourton

Posted on 04/26/2010 3:52:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Direct observations of these creatures from submersibles are very rare.

It has been previously videoed by scientists off the Pacific coast of the US and by ROVs off Japan.

However, this is the first time the giant jelly has been recorded in the Gulf of Mexico.

The researchers reported four chance encounters with jellyfish between 2005 and 2009, during the routine underwater work the energy companies carried out on their underwater structures.

The footage shows the reddish purple coloured jellyfish at depths ranging from 996m to 1747m.

Trap prey

The scientists observed the jellyfish attaching itself to the subsea equipment using its large flattened arms. These "paddle-like" arms lack stinging tentacles, and scientists are unsure of their exact function.

It has been suggested that they might be used to envelop and trap prey. This may explain why the jellyfish appeared to grasp at the artificial structures.

One of the films the researchers captured also shows a fish swimming inside and in close proximity to the bell of the jellyfish. This fish was believed to be Thalassobathia pelagica, a rare fish that has a symbiotic relationship with the jellyfish. By swimming within the jellyfish it is able to feed on scraps of food and have a certain level of protection. Prior to these observations neither Stygiomedusa gigantea or Thalassobathia pelagica had been found in the Gulf of Mexico.

By looking at previous studies and records of the jellyfish, the scientists were able to confirm the species is widespread, with records of it from all oceans except the Arctic.

This study represents the first attempt at a global synthesis of its distribution.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Outdoors; Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; jellyfish; mexico; ocean
Video at link

"I'm ready for my closeup"

1 posted on 04/26/2010 3:52:46 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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2 posted on 04/26/2010 3:55:27 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: nickcarraway; tubebender

Great, our southern border is wide open and now we are being attacked from the sea.


3 posted on 04/26/2010 3:58:29 PM PDT by SouthTexas (Congress is out of order!)
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To: nickcarraway

Holy moly! Got to love jellies. I can’t wait to get my first sting of the season at Navarre Beach! Apparently the storms that just passed have blown the Man-o-wars to shore according to beach reports today.

As far as this giant jelly goes...if I run into this character at the beach, I’m giving up.


4 posted on 04/26/2010 4:00:55 PM PDT by chris37
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To: SouthTexas
>"Great, our southern border is wide open and now we are being attacked from the sea."

Hey, I'm eating them as fast as I can!


5 posted on 04/26/2010 4:05:59 PM PDT by scoobysnak71 (Muhammad, the Pedophile Prophet . Looks like they crucified the wrong guy ...)
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To: SouthTexas

Not to worry ST, it appears to be coated in crude oil. Did you notice the 5 dollar words in that story?


6 posted on 04/26/2010 4:08:17 PM PDT by tubebender (I LOVE COOKING WITH WINE, sometimes I even put it in the food...)
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To: scoobysnak71

If I find them, I’ll be sure and send them your way. :)


7 posted on 04/26/2010 4:20:20 PM PDT by SouthTexas (Congress is out of order!)
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To: tubebender

LOL, like everyone knows their scientific name.


8 posted on 04/26/2010 4:23:30 PM PDT by SouthTexas (Congress is out of order!)
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To: nickcarraway

9 posted on 04/26/2010 4:26:00 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway
The scientists observed the jellyfish attaching itself to the subsea equipment using its large flattened arms. These "paddle-like" arms lack stinging tentacles, and scientists are unsure of their exact function.

Their function is to attach the jellyfish to the subsea equipment. Did the same guy write both sentences?

10 posted on 04/26/2010 4:35:53 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: dfwgator

Did you see Nidarious Rex in the second posting?


11 posted on 04/26/2010 4:37:19 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: scoobysnak71

Yum


12 posted on 04/26/2010 4:38:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Would you care for a jellybaby?


13 posted on 04/26/2010 4:44:02 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (?)
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To: JoeProBono

Holy Smokes!!! That’s one big ass Jellyfish!! (wheres the peanut butter?)


14 posted on 04/26/2010 5:08:20 PM PDT by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: nickcarraway

I, for one, welcome our new underwater overlords...


15 posted on 04/26/2010 7:21:48 PM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: nickcarraway
BBC
16 posted on 04/26/2010 8:48:33 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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Do people who fall overboard and are never rescued end up being stung and eaten by large Jelly Fish?

Forget Jaws, this Jelly Fish will give me nightmares.


17 posted on 04/26/2010 10:17:20 PM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (SPEAK UP REPUBLICANS, WE CAN'T HEAR YOU YET! IMPEACH OBAMA!)
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To: JoeProBono

is that real?


18 posted on 04/27/2010 12:24:58 AM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: Steve Van Doorn; JoeProBono
I've seen that picture before, but never really investigated it. So this time I did. The jellyfish is real but the picture isn't. The jellyfish shown is one of the biggest in the world (by a small amount, the Lion's Mane can be bigger), and if you read one of the links below, you'll read about a fishing trawler that capsized when it tried to haul in a load of these things. When you see the pictures, you'll see why. Anyway, it's a Nomura jellyfish and it can get up to 2 meters in diameter -- nothing to sneeze at -- but not as big as indicated by the picture.

Japanese fishing trawler sunk by giant jellyfish

Giant jellyfish pictures: Japan's Nomura invasion (National Geographic)

How do you tackle an invasion of giant jellyfish? Make sushi (this has the original of the picture; without the diver)

This isn't a Nomura, but it's big anyway:

This is a Nomura:

This picture is kinda unreal, but I think it's authentic:

And this is what it looks like when a trawler nets a bunch of 'em:

19 posted on 04/28/2010 11:05:42 PM PDT by cogitator
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WOW thank you.
that second picture is out of this world!
20 posted on 04/28/2010 11:15:56 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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