NOAA Scientists Identify New Species

NOAA Scientists Identify New Species

Sydnie Lipski

Using high-definition underwater cameras, Noaa scientists were able to identify a new species of ctenophore, or comb jelly. It was discovered by a controlled robotic vehicle called Deep Discoverer in an underwater canyon north-west of Puerto Rico 3,900 meters under the ocean’s surface. It has taken five years to document this species, and the robotic vehicle picked up three individuals of the new species. They intrigued scientists with their unusual behavior. The comb jelly has two long tentacles that anchor it to the sea bed and control its position like a hot air balloon.