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This jellyfish just discovered in the deep ocean looks like it’s part of a dreamscape, but it’s real.

According to a Scientific American blog, the jellyfish was found this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s ship Okeanos Explorer and its ROV Deep Discoverer on the Enigma Seamount near the Mariana Trench. The Mariana Trench is the deepest part of the ocean, and the jellyfish was discovered floating 2.3 miles beneath the surface (3,700 meters).

Scientists believe the creature is part of the genus Crossota, a group of jellyfish that are ocean drifters for all phases of their lives. And if you want to add another layer of eeriness to the video: scientists think the still, outstretched posture the jelly takes in the beginning of the clip is how it ambushes prey.

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