Strange translucent ‘jelly fish’ pulled from icy depths in Alaska

A translucent spotted snail was recently retrieved from the deep sea by researchers in Alaska. Those who held it said it felt like jelly. (Image: Sarah Friedman/NOAA)

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A strange-looking translucent, gelatinous fish with an unusual suction cup on its abdomen made a surprise appearance to a group of scientists studying the deep sea near Alaska.

The strange animal is a spotted snail (Crystallichthys cyclospilus), a seafloor-dwelling creature that lives exclusively in the North Pacific Ocean and can survive more than 2,723 feet (830 meters) below the ocean’s surface. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) came across this thick freak while trawling off the coast of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands as part of a routine survey of the deep-sea ecosystem there. On June 19, NOAA scientist and expedition crew member Sarah Friedman shared a photo of a spotted snail on Twitter (opens in new tab).

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