WATCH VIDEO: Earlier this year, scientists in the Gulf of Mexico caught a stygiomedusa gigantea, another rare, gigantic jellyfish, on video for the first time ever.
The divers hit the jellyfish jackpot on the fifth day of their diving trip in Southern California. Scott said he and his team usually stay tethered to an anchor line, but they couldn't resist free swimming over to the purple-striped jellyfish, which he called a "majestic beast," for a more personal, up close encounter.
Lucky for us, the breathtaking moment was captured on video too.
The divers later saw "hundreds of 12-inch orange jellyfish, comb jellies, a couple more extremely rare juvenile ragfish under jellies, many salps, pelagic gastropods, and a giant siphonophore that was at least 60 feet long! Maybe even up to 100 feet long. It just kept going on and on and on, out of the range of visibility."