The Nautilus Live Expedition is recording the hidden wonders of the ocean. In this video that we bring you today, we can see one of the most beautiful jellyfish in the ocean recorded in the Revillagigedo archipelago in Baja California (Mexico) in the Pacific Ocean, well known for being a first level diving destination due to the great amount of pelagic that inhabit its waters.
The spectacular jellyfish in this video, Halitrephes maasi , belongs to the order of the Trachymedusas and the Class Hidrozoa. Its habitat is between 1200 and 1700 meters deep. It was first described by Bigelow in 1909 but has never before been engraved with the beauty we see it today.
The radial channels that move nutrients through the jelly bell form a star-shaped pattern that reflects the lights of the ROV Hercules with bright splashes of yellow and pink. Without our lights this gelatinous beauty floats unseen in the dark.