One really has to wonder about James Cameron’s mental state considering he seems to be at his happiest on the bottom of the sea, where ghastly creatures like this reside along with what must be ghastlier creatures that eat them.
Captured by a deep sea underwater camera, the footage of the undulating blob has spawned a week of what-the-heck-is-that Internet speculation that runs from a plastic bag to a jellyfish to a floating whale placenta.
Happily, there are people out there who know a lot more about this sort of thing than Internet amateurs. Writing on his Facebook page, Dr. Steven Haddock of JellyWatch.org identifies the creature as Deepstaria enigmatica.
“The bag-like jelly is not that rare, but is large, so rarely seen intact,” Dr. Haddock writes, adding that the formerly baffling web-like pattern seen on the creature is branches from its digestive system. “In the video, the swirling from the sub makes the medusa appear to undulate and it even turns inside-out.”
So there you have it. It’s not so creepy or mysterious after all.