'What is that?': Spooky, ghost-like jellyfish shapeshifts | USA TODAY

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Published on 6 Sep 2019, 21:11
"What is that?" The "spooky" Deepstaria jellyfish had scientists of the Nautilus team taken aback at first.

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Lacking stinging tentacles like other jellies, Deepstaria can close the opening of its expansive bag-like bell, trapping any prey that has floated inside. The geometric mesh pattern is an intricate network of canals that lead back to its stomach at the top of the bell. As the jelly can reach a large size when inflated, these channels help distribute nutrients across the entire expanse. Like many Deepstaria, this observed specimen included a bright red isopod taking up residence in the scyphozoan’s bell.

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