This little golden fellow, a bathypelagic ctenophore or comb jelly, anchors itself to the seafloor with its tentacles.
Monty Priede, the director of the University of Aberdeen’s Oceanlab, says the ecosystems around the Mid-Atlantic Ridge are marvelously diverse. Says Priede: “We were surprised at how different the animals were on either side of the ridge which is just tens of miles apart. In the west the cliffs faced east and in the east the cliffs faced west. The terrain looked the same, mirror images of each other, but that is where the similarity ended. It seemed like we were in a scene from Alice Through the Looking Glass."