See The Jellyfish That Poops Glitter

By James Brizuela | 1 week ago

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It’s a strange fact to know that we know more about space than we do about the ocean. New species are discovered the deeper we can explore. Unfortunately, in the grand scheme of things, going deeper into the ocean isn’t that successful yet. However, more inventions are being made to allow us to take a look at some of the strange beings that inhabit the deeper waters. One of those beings is the bloody-belly comb jellyfish. While the name might already send a myriad of questions into your brain, there is one odd detail that trumps the animal’s name. This jellyfish poops glitter. No, seriously, it does. You can see the video of this happening below:

We normally wouldn’t be promoting the fact that an animal is pooping, but as you can see in the above video, it’s glitter. The jellyfish is said to have a “through-gut” meaning that this creature has the same digestive system as a human. Well, maybe not identical, but it possesses a mouth opening and anus. However, we certainly do not poop glitter. The bloody-belly comb jellyfish, otherwise known as the Lampocteis in the science community, is gorgeous. The bright red coloring of this jellyfish is said to blend into the dark areas of the ocean, so its largely been undisturbed for over 20 years, until it was first noticed in the wild by the Monterey Bay Research Institute. The flaps of the animal also seem to course with some coloring that looks hypnotic. Now this species has been captured and placed at the aquarium in Monterey Bay, California, so that it may be researched more thoroughly. The Lampocteis is on display as part of the “Into the Deep” exhibit.

The above video is said to be the first in which the Lampocteis jellyfish has shown what its fecal matter looks like. Apparently, unicorns are the only animal said to poop glitter. Unicorns, however, don’t exist. Unless you happen to believe in mythical animals. However, this jellyfish is tangible and real, and it is now on display in Monterey. The animal is said to live around 3,000 feet under the ocean’s surface, so this is likely the only one in existence that can be seen so up close. Even more rare is the fact that the aquarium was able to record the animal’s excrement. This is the first time the animal has also been roaming around in its captivity. Maybe the glitter poop is a good sign of the animal’s comfortability.

The “Into the Deep” exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium holds all kinds of aquatic life that would be otherwise unseen. Fish like the Black Seadevil anglerfish, vampire squid, and the blood-belly bomb jellyfish are all on display as part of this new exhibit. Fans of deepsea aquatic life can visit the aquarium to look at some of the rarest animals that are in the deepest parts of the ocean. Hopefully, if you ever plan to visit the aquarium, you’ll get to see the Lampocteis poop some glitter.