A small camera specialized in the weakand surrounded by a glass globe made it possible to film a fascinating creature that lets itself float abyssal currents: Deepstaria enigmatica. This that looks like a huge bag 50 centimeters in diameter is , but unlike the others, this one does not have tentacles. The body of the animal is only composed of a wide, thin, soupy umbrella that deforms at the slightest flow of water. The latter is traversed by interconnected canals which constitute its digestive system because, even in the absence of stinging tentacles, this is a formidable predator.
Thanks tocalled baggingliterally ” », it imprisons its prey in its umbrella, sometimes using to attract them. Deepstaria enigmatica was discovered 45 years ago, but it is so rare that scientists know nothing about its distribution, what it eats or how it reproduces. The genus Deepstaria includes a second , Deepstaria reticulumequally enigmatic.