Deadly jellyfish thought to be extinct is found… 100 years after last sighting

November 22, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

A deadly jellyfish thought to be extinct has been found – over a 100 YEARS after the last recorded sighting.

The incredibly rare Crambione Cookii has not been seen since 1910 but has been discovered off Queensland, Australia.

Aquariist Puk Scivyer who works at UnderWater World aquarium in Mooloolaba, chanced upon the animal while releasing a rescued sea turtle.

She said: “As soon as I saw it I realised it was a species I’d never seen before.

“But to then discover I was the first person to see this species in over a hundred years was just incredible.”

Jellyfish expert Dr Lisa-Ann Gershwin was called in to identify the unusual ocean-dweller, after it was captured in waters off Sunshine Coast.

It is now being cared for at the UnderWater World aquarium in Queensland.

Very little is known about the species and marine scientists are baffled as to how it managed to evade notice for more than a century.

The jellyfish’s sting is so powerful it can be felt in the water surrounding the animal.

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