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'Cookii monster' Lethal pink jellyfish rediscovered 100 YEARS after off Australian coast

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
November 25th, 2013
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It's pink, pretty with a powerfully toxic sting. The Crambione Cookii jellyfish has suddenly reappeared off the coast of Australia after more than 100 years after the last recorded sighting of it. The highly rare jellyfish hasn't been been since 1910 - but one was recently captured off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Very little is known about the mysterious species, whose sting is so powerful that it can be felt in the water surrounding the creature.

Discovered by an aquarist who was releasing a rescued sea turtle, Puk Scivyer, "As soon as I saw it I realized it was a species I'd never seen before."

An employee at UnderWater World aquarium in Mooloolaba, Sciyver added, "But to then discover I was the first person to see this species in over a hundred years was just incredible.
 
"It was the size [that made it stand out]... but as we came past he was more of a cube shape and we could see he was not like the ones that we normally see.

"It's the biggest [jellyfish] I have seen in Australian waters."

Marine biologists are perplexed as to how the species, which was presumed extinct, has managed to evade notice for more than a century.

Last seen by American scientist Alfred Gainsborough Mayor off Cookstown, Queensland, in 1910, the jellyfish has not been seen since.

Gainsborough's sketch was until now the only record of the creature in existence. That sketch was used to help identify the animal by jellyfish expert Dr Lisa-Ann Gershwin, who confirmed the existence of unusual ocean-dweller after it was captured.

Now cared for at the UnderWater World aquarium in Queensland, the specimen will be observed closely behind the scenes to learn as much as possible about the species.

Currently scientists do not know where the animals live, their life expectancy or their population size. Scivyer thinks it is unlikely that any more will be found.

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