Thanks for those extra photos, they helped a lot.
I sent a few to The Scripps Institute of Oceanology and they had never seen it either.
They forwarded the photos to the Birch Aquarium here in San Diego and the curator did some research.
He believes it is a Stygiomedusa gigantean.
This is the largest jelly fish in the ocean and it is very rare.
You can tell this by trying to search for an image of it on the web.
Heres link to the only photo I found amongst a whole lot of scientific papers with no images:
No were near as glorious as some of those photos you had.
It could be another color variety.
I’d sure like to get an explanation of the glowing light in the bell of some of your photos.
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Subject: [SCIART] Tan: Sea Creature Identification
I need some assistance identifying a marine organism. My brother-in-law captains a ship in the Gulf of Mexico and their ROV recorded video of an unidentified marine organism. Some believe that they've seen a giant squid and others think its a large species of jellyfish. The pipe in the middle of the video is a marine riser and is 36" in diameter. If you check the left side of the screen you'll see it swim upward past the riser as the ROV slowly pans down. It's tough to estimate size though because they're not sure exactly how close they were to the riser. The ROV descends approximately 25' during the clip. Some estimate the creature to be 75-100' in length.
Any assistance, guesses, or thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
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