Stunning Footage Captures Rare Sighting of a Psychedelic Jellyfish in the Pacific Ocean

Watch a Rare Psychedelic Jellyfish Filmed in the Midnight Zone Of Monterey Canyon

Jellyfish are mesmerizing creatures. From the giant phantom jelly to a giant red specimen, they come in a seemingly infinite variety of shapes and sizes. More species continue to be discovered as scientists push into the deep, dark corners of the ocean. Recently, a team from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured footage of a rare psychedelic jellyfish in the midnight zone of the Pacific's Monterey Canyon.

The psychedelic jellyfish has a clear body and long trailing tentacles which give it the appearance of a firework against the dark sky. Known scientifically as Crossota millsae, its bell-shaped body is only about 1.1 inches across. The females carry clearly visible eggs, while the males have their own visible oblong gonads. The species is named for Claudia Mills, a jellyfish expert at the University of Washington and Friday Harbor Laboratories.

The most special feature of the species is their bioluminescence. Like other species of jellies, they emit light to scare away predators. This property earned the species its nickname of the “psychedelic jellyfish” in 2018. It lives in very deep dark waters well over 3,000 feet below the surface. To film the creature, a team from the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute used a remote operated vehicle (ROV)—similar to the robot used in the movie Titanic, although of course technology has progressed since the late 1990s.

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This bioluminescent, psychedelic jellyfish is known as Crossota millsae.

Crossota millsae Jellyfish

A team from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute filmed the rare creature in the midnight zone of the Monterey Canyon.

Monteray Bay Aquarium

The deep, dark waters are accessible by remote operated vehicles such as the robot used here.

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Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and studying law while cuddling with her cat Georgia.
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