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6/20/2014 (2 years ago)

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Strange fish found at 5,000 ft

A rarely seen jellyfish was spotted on an oil rig camera 5,000 feet below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico back in 2012. But now, two years later, it has finally been identified by marine biologists.

This creature is a rare deepstaria reticulum, or placental jellyfish.

This creature is a rare deepstaria reticulum, or placental jellyfish.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/20/2014 (2 years ago)

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LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This billowing deep-sea creature was identified by strange hexagonal patterns on its skin which led scientists to declare it the deepstaria reticulum, or placental jellyfish.

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This creature is a rare deepstaria reticulum, or placental jellyfish.

This creature is a rare deepstaria reticulum, or placental jellyfish.



This creature is a rare deepstaria reticulum, or placental jellyfish.

This creature is a rare deepstaria reticulum, or placental jellyfish.


This species is rarely seen, being usually found in the cooler waters of the Antarctic, and actually required scientists to use old dive notes from the 1960s and 1980s to be sure. The species is rarely found alive or intact.

This creature is a rare deepstaria reticulum, or placental jellyfish.

This creature is a rare deepstaria reticulum, or placental jellyfish.



This creature is a rare deepstaria reticulum, or placental jellyfish.

This creature is a rare deepstaria reticulum, or placental jellyfish.


Web users struggled to identify the creature, and some thought it could very well be whale placenta.

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