- The new jelly comb species shares a few similarities with other ctenophores
- The discovery was part of NOAA’s underwater exploration of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
- There have been about 100 to 150 species of comb jellies identified and validated in the past few years
In 2015, scientists encountered a peculiar creature that was shaped like a party balloon and had a gelatinous texture. After five years, they finally have a name for that mystery animal found off a Puerto Rican shore.
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) named the ocean creature Duobrachium sparksae. They identified it as a new species of ctenophore or what is more popularly known as the comb jellies.
Deep Discoverer, a remotely operated underwater vehicle, was instrumental in finally identifying and naming the new ctenophore species. Details of the whole process were published in the journal Plankton