E/V Nautilus is an exploration vessel exploring unknown regions of the ocean. And just in time for the New Year celebration, the deep sea treated them with quite unusual fireworks. Their camera filmed a rare Halitrephes maasi jellyfish at 4,000 feet depth. Its vibrant colors glow when it’s lit, and the gorgeous creature threw an amazing show for the crew and the viewers.
As written on Nautilus’ website, the jellyfish came into view at 1225m in the Revillagigedo Archipelago off Baja California, Mexico. This beauty normally drifts completely unseen in the dark of deep waters. But when ROV Hercules lit it, the jellyfish reflected the lights in gorgeous splashes of yellow and pink. The scientists explain that this is due to radial canals that move nutrients through the jelly’s bell. They form a starburst pattern that reflects the lights, giving away these beautiful colors.
Like a child, I’m still mesmerized by fireworks. But I have to admit, this “nature’s fireworks” is one of the most stunning ones I’ve ever seen.