An extremely rare box jellyfish was recently captured by an unnamed diver off the cost of Papua New Guinea. This is no ordinary box jellyfish, as this soccer ball-sized species has only been spotted twice, with this being the first recorded footage of it. What really stands out are its four groups of striped tentacles that trail behind its translucent as it swims.
Scientifically speaking, it’s named Chirodectes maculatus (Latin for “spotted”), and is mainly found off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Box jellyfish are known for their distinctive boxy shape and mostly venomous to humans, although C. maculatus isn’t known to be. More sightings are needed for researchers to make out all the characters of the species Chirodectes maculatus.
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Saw a new type of jellyfish while diving today. It has cool markings and is a bit bigger than a soccer ball and they are quite fast swimming. I suppose there is always a chance that this specimen is from a closely related but as yet undescribed species of Chirodectes, but I would lean toward it being C. maculatus,” said the diver.