- The rather astonishing Tiburonia represents a newly discovered form of truly unique jellyfish. This incredible find makes for a new genus, a remarkable discovery.
- This incredible find not only constitutes a new species but also represents an entirely previously unknown genus. The first recognition as a possible new discovery occurred in 1998.
- Subsequent reviews of underwater films identified it as early as 1993. However, confirmation of its status did not occur until 2010.
- Scientists know very little about this ocean creature. To date, people have spotted only a bit over 20 individuals, and only one specimen has been captured for study.
Tiburonia Physical Description
Unlike others of its kind, the surprising Tiburonia does not possess long, slender tentacles. Instead, those grow as thick, fleshy arms.
In color, the animal presents a deep red, in contrast to the virtually transparent nature of other jellyfish.
It also ranks among the largest of jellyfish species. Based on the few specimens seen, it appears to attain a diameter of up to 30 in (75 cm).
Species: T. granrojo
Tiburonia Distribution and Habitat
The fascinating and apparently rather reclusive Tiburonia also seem to be deep-sea dwellers since all individuals found so far lived at depths between 2,100-4,900 ft (645-1,497 m).
Given the lack of detailed information, its precise diet also cannot be confirmed. However, it seems reasonable to assume it has a diet similar to other cnidarians.
Thus, its diet would include a variety of small sea creatures.