Share URL: https://tinyurl.com/y5vnxy84
This video was taken by an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) at a depth of 3753 ft in the Indian Ocean within close proximity to a drill wellhead. Near the end of the footage you can see the creature getting caught up in the output from the ROV thrusters. The video has not been altered and was taken off the East coast of Africa.
Marine biologist Bill Austin has suggested it is likely a comb jelly (ctenophore).
George Matsumoto, a ctenophore (comb jelly) expert at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Research institute identified it as a lobate ctenophoreof the Lampocteis genus. Comb jellies are jellyfish-like creatures, which swim using groups or rows of cilia. Most comb jellies have cilia strips, running along the lengths of their outer bodies.
All comb jellies are predators. Unique among all animals, comb jellies hunt by squirting glue from specially adapted ‘colloblast’ cells onto their prey. Comb jellies feed on microscopic larvae, copepods, amphipods and even krill.
There are about 150 known species, ranging in size from several millimetres to 1.5m.