We think you’re ready for this deep sea jelly.
The beauty in the deep sea is astounding. Another wonder of our backyard in the Monterey Submarine Canyon via the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Kevin Raskoff.
The word “pelagic” is derived from Greek “pélagos,” meaning “open sea”. The mesopelagic zone, also known as the middle pelagic or twilight zone, is generally considered to be the part of the pelagic that extends from about 200 to 1000 meters below the ocean surface. It lies between the epipelagic above and the bathypelagic below, where there is no light at all. In the mesopelagic, we find a variety of gelatinous animals like this little jelly. Calycopsis simulans is only about 4 cm tall. We occasionally see it in mesopelagic zone here in the Monterey Bay.