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Researchers catch a rare sight of the Giant Phantom Jellyfish

 

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Researchers catch a rare sight of the Giant Phantom Jellyfish

Have you ever seen a Giant Phantom Jellyfish?

What is a Jellyfish?

Jellyfish are marine animals with 97% water. Their bodies are soft and long. Jellyfish are found in the sea. Some can glow in the dark.

Researchers in the Gulf of California, US, recently caught a very rare-looking jellyfish. The Giant Phantom Jellyfish has arms as long as 33 feet. They usually float in the deepest parts of the ocean. Usually, they float between 3000 to 120000 feet underwater. Scientists call this as the “Twilight Zone”.

Rare sighting

The Giant Phantom Jellyfish are very rare. Researchers have spotted this rare species only a hundred times so far. The one that the researchers spotted was approximately 3200 feet under the sea. Such spotting helps scientists to learn and understand the behaviour of this species. 

Where does the Giant Phantom JellyFish get its name?

It gets its name as has almost the same length as the largest fish in the sea (‘Whale Shark’) and half the length of a London double-decker bus.

Moreover, the size of the jellyfish is used by the smaller creatures to feel safe and hide from predators.

Watch a video
Catch a glimpse of the amazing Giant Phantom Jellyfish
Credit: Youtube user/ MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

 

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