Author’s note: This is the latest post in the Wonderful Things series. You can read more about this series here. Also, my blog survey continues, and all readers -- even new ones -- are invited to take it! Please see the end of this post for details.
Monterey Bay Aquarium has released their semi-regular Halloween video, and this year it features Stygiomedusa gigantea, a titanic jellyfish seen only about 100 times in the last 100 years, which lacks tentacles entirely but appears to be hauling four 33-foot long bolts of funeral bunting instead. It also has a cute li’l buddy.
Stygiomedusa is yet another example of the astounding diversity of life present right here on Earth, no rocket or rover required (although an ROV does comes in handy), largely unseen and unheralded by humans. Now please excuse me while I go off to construct my Stygiomedusa costume out of black duct tape, a box of Hefty bags, and plush symbiont. Happy Halloween, y’all.
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