Divers holidaying in Oman had a close encounter with what is believed to be the largest jellyfish ever encountered earlier this week.
The huge creature, which its said was as big as a four-storey building, was spotted at the lesser-known dive site of Abril Narr off the coast of Muscat.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” said Andy Sturmer, one of the two divers who saw the beast. “We could see something moving out past the drop off, but nothing could have prepared us for that.”
“I managed to get a couple of photos of it and some video, but to be honest, it was such a life-changing moment that I wanted to see it with my own eyes instead of looking at it through a lens.”
Andy’s dive buddy, Roger Joseph Manning Jr, said: “It was both the scariest and the most amazing moment of my life. I had no idea jellyfish like that existed.”
It wasn’t long before the giant of the deep disappeared into the blue.
Experts have been stumped by the footage that Andy managed to capture. “It’s a new one for the text books, that’s for sure,” said Jason Falkner, head of research at the Jellyfish Research Foundation. “We’ve never seen anything like this.”
You can watch the video that Andy took of the jellyfish here.