Transparent deep sea creature with ‘flashing lights’ stuns people

ByTrisha Sengupta
May 11, 2023 04:16 PM IST

A video showing a transparent deep sea creature called ctenophore or comb jelly was posted on Instagram. The video is fascinating to watch.

The underwater world is vast and is filled with incredible creatures that often leave people absolutely surprised. Schmidt Ocean Institute recently shared a post about one such creature that resides in the deep sea. They also shared a video of the incredibly beautiful creature called ctenophore or comb jelly. Chances are, the video will make your jaw drop in wonder.

The image shows a deep sea creature called ctenophore or comb jelly.(Instagram/@schmidtocean)
The image shows a deep sea creature called ctenophore or comb jelly.(Instagram/@schmidtocean)

“No, this is not a deep-sea disco ball… A ctenophore (or comb jelly) seen during one of the #DiagnosingDeepCoral ROV dives today. Comb jellies are the largest animals to swim with the help of cilia - the small hairlike structures that run along the length of their bodies. While it appears the cilia are changing colour or ‘flashing lights,’ they are actually refracting the light from the ROV to create the mesmerising rainbow effect seen here. It is not bioluminescence,” the organisation wrote as a part of their post shared on Instagram.

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Take a look at the video of the fascinating creature:

The video was posted about seven days ago. Since being shared, the clip has accumulated close to 32,000 likes and the numbers are only increasing. Additionally, the post has received close to 2,100 likes. People posted various comments while reacting to the video.

Here’s how Instagram users reacted:

“I love your posts. You bring out the most amazing creatures of the deep oceans. Greatly appreciated,” expressed an Instagram user. “The more underwater creatures I see the more amazing nature becomes,” commented another. “The most fascinating creatures are in the deep,” added a third. “Wow. Deadly beauty,” wrote a fourth.

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