Yesterday, while conducting a midwater dive between 300 and 500 m, the ROV Doc Ricketts came across this rare jelly, Stellamedua ventana. Before it was described in 2004 by Kevin Raskoff and George Matsumoto we called it “Bumpy” for its wart-like bumps of stinging cells cover the feeding arms and bell. Its genus, Stellamedusa, refers to the jelly’s translucent blue-white color and trailing arms, which reminded the scientists of a slow-moving meteor or shooting star. It’s species name, ventana, refers to MBARI’s ROV Ventana.
Read more about this illusive jelly and its discovery: MBARI