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Deepstaria enigmatica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Cnidaria
Class: Scyphozoa
Order: Semaeostomeae
Family: Ulmaridae
Genus: Deepstaria
Species: D. enigmatica
Binomial name
Deepstaria enigmatica
Russell, 1967

Deepstaria enigmatica, is a jellyfish of the family Ulmaridae first described in 1967 by F.S. Russel. The bell of this jellyfish is very thin and wide (up to approx. 10 m), and resembles a translucent, undulating sheet or lava lamp as the animal moves. They are usually found in Antarctic and near-Antarctic seas but have been spotted in waters near the United Kingdom, at depths of 829 to 1830 meters.[1][2]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Deepstaria enigmatica". Antarctic Invertebrates. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Cascade Creature". Antarctic Invertebrates. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 

External links[edit]

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sat, 12 May 2012 07:59:26 -0700

A mysterious ocean 'blob', recorded by a deep-sea remote-controlled underwater camera, has been identified as a jelly fish. When a Youtube video of the creature was posted last month speculators suggested it was everything from the remains of a whale ...

Daily Mail

Deep-Sea News
Wed, 09 May 2012 17:38:21 -0700

In 1967, F.S. Russell described a very enigmatic deep-sea jellyfish, Deepstaria enigmatica. During Dive 159 of the U.S. research submersible Deepstar 400 on 22 October 1966 Dr. Eric G. Barham, Dr. George Pickwell, and Mr. Ronald Church collected a ...


Fri, 13 Nov 2015 04:06:54 -0800

Roaming the oceans are two species of Deepstaria, named after the submersible Deepstar that first spotted one intact in the 1960s. Deepstaria reticulum, shown at top, features that beautiful red hue, while the other, Deepstaria enigmatica, appears whiter.

Green Prophet

Green Prophet
Sat, 19 May 2012 12:26:00 -0700

But alas the verdict has been finally reached, the species is in fact a (collapsed) Deepstaria Enigmatica, a rare jellyfish species that resembles a translucent satin sheet or “lava lamp”. This species was first captured on camera in 1967 (below) and ...

Earth Touch

Earth Touch
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 04:33:45 -0800

It seems we can only go so long before a deep-sea invertebrate sparks another rumour about alien life walking (or swimming) among us. We had the "whale placenta" jellyfish (Deepstaria enigmatica), then the big-fin squid (genus Magnapinna), and now the ...

National Post

National Post
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:41:55 -0800

... and that the mysterious creature was found to have bones. Interestingly, the decaying body did not seem to be giving off any bad odours or smells. Some commenters speculated on Facebook that it could be a Deepstaria enigmatica, an extremely rare ...

NPR (blog)

NPR (blog)
Tue, 22 May 2012 09:06:29 -0700

Those gonads vaguely resembled a similar organ in a giant jellyfish called Deepstaria enigmatica. (Strange what marine biologists think about ...) As for its shape, alone in quiet water, these big jellyfish look like you'd expect; bell-shaped tops ...
Surf Prevention (Blog)
Thu, 17 May 2012 14:28:54 -0700

La créature a été identifiée comme une méduse de type « Deepstaria enigmatica » par l'océanographe Steven Haddock du Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Selon lui, cette forme de méduse n'est pas si rare mais du fait de sa grande taille (60 ...

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