A diver has recorded a rare sighting of a very beautiful box jellyfish off the coast of Papua New Guinea. photo/petapixel
The beautiful jellyfish, which was first caught on video, has four clusters of striped tentacles behind its translucent body. Visible ring around the bright red core, called Chirodectes maculatus.
This is a very rare and rare species of box jellyfish. “Saw a new kind of jellyfish diving today. It has cool markings and it’s a little bigger than a soccer ball and they swim very fast,” the description in the video was shared by Syndonnews on Petapixel Pages, Wednesday (31/8/2022) ) was quoted as saying.
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Most box jellyfish are known to be venomous to humans, some of which are also highly venomous, but it is not known whether this particular species is dangerous. The species was first identified in 2005 by a team of Australian scientists, who captured and conserved one in 1997.
Although it has been seen before and isn’t as new as the creators of the video thought, the species is so rare that it hasn’t been seen more than twice. The scene is considered exceptional, especially as the recording results are of very high quality.
This footage makes it easy for anyone to view rare species of box jellyfish directly in their natural habitat. It becomes an interesting object for scientists to study one of these rare species.
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Dr Alan Collins, a zoologist and curator at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History, said the video box shows similar but not identical to earlier descriptions of the jellyfish. For example, the box jellyfish, known in 2005, have spots, while the record here is ring-shaped.
“I think there is always the possibility that this specimen belongs to a closely related but undeclared species of Chirodectes. However, I believe it was a species of Chirodectes maculatus,” he said.
It is very unusual to find footage of this rare creature. Even the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), a specialized research organization, rarely displays footage of never-before-seen creatures.
They found only small specimens, such as a deep-sea jellyfish seen in April. The only comparable recent discovery by MBARI is a giant ghost jellyfish observed in December 2021, and has been documented nine times before.