The AP just reported that project leader Dr. Larry Madin of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Phillipine scientists returned from two weeks in the Celebes Sea, located off the Phillippines southernmost archipelago, this Tuesday with some potential new deep sea discoveries. Among the more interesting finds were a strange black jellyfish, a transparent sea cucumber and a spiny orange worm that had 10 squid-like tentacles. “I’ll have to try a bite of each one with Old Bay before we determine whether they are truly new species or not” Dr. Madin joked. Adding, “you think I’m kidding, but I’m totally not.”
The Celebes Sea is surrounded by islands and shallow reefs but is 16,500 feet, almost 3 miles, at its deepest. It is considered a treasure trove for bio-diversity and is thought to have been the birth place of countless species over hundreds of millions of years, including my brother.
The scientific name for this is Fruits de la mer
Red medusa jellyfish, atolla
Unidentified translucent jellyfish… where the hell are the pictures of the “rare black jellyfish” everyone is talking about…? We would like to know too.