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Deep Sea Creature - Conspiracy Theory

 

A fascinating sea creature captured by underwater cameras during deep-sea drilling has evoked wild debate on the web.

At first glance, the so-called “Cascade Creature” looks like a piece of a dirty mold-covered plastic bag drifting by the camera. It moves so swiftly that the operator cannot properly follow it into the depths of the water. But then it returns and poses right in front of the camera for several minutes, exposing its strikingly unusual body from every side. Brown in color, the creature is as flexible as an octopus though it does not possess protruding tentacles. Still it can boast white pendulous tubes. 

Dr. Daniel Bucher commented to Ninemsn that the creature must have sex organs.

"In the last 30 seconds or so you start to see more of the structure, these pendulous tubes with four or five whitish structures and some branching between them, which look to me like the gonads of a jellyfish," Dr Bucher said.

It moves by sending waves through the whole of its body like a Manta ray, but its movements are not rhythmic or specular from the side. The creature simply sends the cloak of its body in the direction it wants to move – and does it rather quickly. Some believe the mystery beast does not move independently and was brought into motion by water flooding from the propellers of the submersible providing the pictures.

An inner part of its body appears to be either glowing or brightly painted. The surface has a mesh pattern. According to the information on the screen, the video was recorded at a depth of 5,045 feet (1,538 meters) – reportedly, by remote-controlled underwater cameras during deep-sea drilling near the UK.

MYSTERY SOLVED OR CONSPIRACY?

Marine biologists say the spooky "Cascade Creature" seen drifting through the deep sea isn't a whale placenta, a parachute, a plastic bag or an alien visitor: It's a type of jellyfish known as a Deepstaria enigmatica first described after a deep-sea submersible dive in 1967. The enigmatica part of its scientific name points to the word "enigma." An enigma is a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation.

“This bag-like jelly is not that rare, but is large, so rarely seen intact,” Steven Haddock, a scientist from California, said on his “JellyWatch” Facebook page."This type of jellyfish is usually found in the south Atlantic Ocean, some 5,000 feet below."

Some see in it little more than any old jellyfish. Others recall James Cameron’s aliens from The Abyss, living at the bottom of the ocean. Or maybe the video was made by James Cameron himself – on his way down the Mariana Trench!

What's unique about this creature is that it has organs and appendages never spotted on a jellyfish before.

The Deepstaria Enigmatica is a rarely-studied jellyfish, which like most of its kind is colourless. However it has reported to have a brown stomach, with one description saying the passages to the stomach are ‘somewhat irregular-edged, forming a reticulate network’.

This might explain the hexagonal markings on the top of the creature – but again, what are the organs doing there?

MAN-MADE MONSTER?

Is this creature man-made? The Youtube poster did not leave any other details about the sighting. Some say it was sighted near Brazil. Others say it was sighted near the UK.

Theories around the so-called "Cascade Creature" range from garbage to an old parachute to a plastic bag. It could be a whale placenta, some thought. Some, in the vein of Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, and "The X-Files," felt the video was displaying some sort of alien extraterrestrial creature.

Assessments from experts such as Steven Haddock at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute claim, "This bag-like jelly is not that rare, but is large, so rarely seen intact. In the video, the swirling from the sub makes the medusa appear to undulate, and it even turns inside-out." On fhe Facebook page, the scientists go so far as to provide a picture of a more typical specimen.

According to Wikipedia, "Deepstaria enigmatica, is a jellyfish of the family Ulmaridae first described in 1967 by F.S. Russel. The bell of this jellyfish is very thin and wide (up to approx. 60 cm), and resembles a translucent, folding sheet or "lava lamp" as the animal moves."

Meanwhile, according to the Marine Species Identification Portal, the Deepstaria enigmatica is found in the South Atlantic Ocean, with a bell that can measure up to 60cm in diameter. The portal adds that the jellyfish has “oral arms” which end in “curious hook-shaped organs."

McClain posted his information at Deep Sea News. He goes into far more detail, perhaps too much. While McClain provides citations on previous sightings of the jellyfish, he also shows through photographs and drawings that the strange appendage and whitish lumps seen in the video are the gonads of D. enigmatica's. Yep, we really didn't need to know that much.

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