Jellyfish Rediscovered 100 Years After It Was Considered Extinct

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Crambione Cookii Jellyfish Rediscovered 100 Years after It Was Considered Extinct

What is old is definitely new again.

Scientists have located a jellyfish they presumed was long gone. The Crambione Cookii jellyfish was rediscovered over 100 years after it was labeled extinct. It was found off the coast of Australia near Queensland.

The pink colored jellyfish was sized at 50 centimeters long. Its stinger is so potent; it was felt along the water itself. Aquarist Puk Scivyer found it while releasing a sea turtle she saved. She noticed it wasn’t like any other jellyfish because of its cube shape. Scivyer realized that this was something she had never seen before and it was the biggest she had seen while in the ocean.

She said it was “incredible” that she was the lucky person to see this creature in over a century.

The last time the Crambione Cookii was seen, the year was 1910 by Alfred Gainsborough Mayor while he was along the Queensland coast. He was only able to draw a picture of the jellyfish, which was the only way scientists knew it existed until now. There is no other information known about the jellyfish. They will study it while it is being cared for at the Underwater World Aquarium. They will have to figure out its life expectancy, population size, and where the jellyfish actually live.

While this is a great discovery, finding a species that was once extinct is nothing new.

In 2007, scientists discovered the Banggai crow located on an Indonesian island. The last known discovery of the birds was in 1900. Zoologists compared it with preserved specimens at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and confirmed it was the same crow that thought was extinct.

Another creature that resembled the popular toy Furby was found in 2008.  The pigmy tarsiers were also found in a mountain in Indonesia. The search began after researchers found a corpse of the creature in a trap in 2000 and that led Sharon Gurskey-Doyen to investigate and find more of these creatures. So far, there haven’t been any more sightings.

The Beck’s petrel was found in a group of islands in Papa New Guinea. Hadoram Shirihai, an Isralei ornithologist took dozens of photographs of the seabird flying around. This species had not been seen since the 1920s. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, it is critically endangered.

Finally, a wetland bird was discovered. The large-billed reed warbler was first seen in 1867 in the Sutlej Valley in India, and was not seen again until 2006 in Bangkok near a wastewater treatment plant. While it is rare, its species might be overlooked and there could be quite a few of the birds living in India. It baffled scientists that it even made it to Bangkok.

There will be more studies on the Crambione Cookii jellyfish that was rediscovered over 100 years after it was called extinct. This was an extraordinary find for not only scientists, but for the species itself. The hope is to find more of the Cookii.

By Renayle Fink

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