As Internet videos often do, this 2012 gem claiming proof of an “unidentified sea monster” has resurfaced. And yes, pun very much intended.
A deep-sea oil rig video captured the video of the undulating creature somewhere off the coast of Great Britain and people’s imaginations took off.
Some freaked out wondering what monster from the depths it could be, others said it was a used condom, others speculated that it was a whale placenta or a jellyfish.
Those in the jellyfish camp would be correct. To be more precise, it’s a deep-sea jellyfish, or Deepstaria enigmatica.
Deep Sea News reported had a very good reason as to why it couldn’t have been a whale placenta—the chances of it sinking to 5,000 feet and not getting eaten by anything would have been extremely slim.
“During Dive 159 of the U.S. research submersible Deepstar 400 on 22 October 1966 Dr. Eric G. Barham, Dr. George Pickwell, and Mr. Ronald Church collected a remarkable scyphomedusan at a depth of about 723 m in the San Diego Trough…when first noted, the jellyfish’s margin was collapsed and the [outer , convex surface of the umbrella] indented,” Deep Sea News noted he 1967 notes F.S. Russell made of the deep-sea jellyfish.
The meshwork, wire-netting like, radial canal system of Deepstaria enigmatica
Russell also said: “On opposite sides of the umbrella are two large tubular shaped processes…It has a yellowish brown tinge…The radial canal system is most striking. It consists of a meshwork, likened by Dr. Barham to wire-netting.”
Gonads on a fan shaped protrusion
Don’t be too disappointed that it wasn’t an actual unidentified sea monster. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 95 percent of the world’s oceans remain unexplored and unseen to human eyes.