The Chirodectes maculatus jellyfish is an elusive jellyfish, and so far there have been only two documented images of this particular jellyfish. Now, a group of divers from Scuba Kavieng has managed to videotape this rare jellyfish . Many believe this video may be the first documented video of Chirodectes maculatus .
The new video shows the rare jellyfish in unprecedented detail. The video was shot off the coast of Papua New Guinea. In the video, the jellyfish swims freely between four clusters of striped tentacles.
What Makes the New Jellyfish Species Important?
Scientists believe that the jellyfish, which emits signals, may have a digestive cavity, but no one can say for sure, since it is very rare to see this jellyfish.
This species was first discovered by researchers in 1997 but was not identified as its own genus until 2005 .
Unlike most jellyfish of this size and species, Chirodectes maculatus does not appear to be venomous. The new video of the rare jellyfish is definitely worth checking out. The divers who made the discovery shared the video on the group’s Facebook page. Divers note that the jellyfish is the size of a soccer ball and swims “fairly fast ,” as VICE puts it .