I’ve always been fascinated by jellyfish. As a kid, I was warned not to touch them because they could administer a painful sting; like a lot of things in nature, it’s sometimes the most beautiful creatures that can hurt you the most. Jellyfish appear otherworldly, it’s almost like they are from another planet by the way they noiselessly glide through the ocean propelled by the movement underneath their umbrella-shaped surface.
It’s daunting how you can’t find any markers of sentience since their design is so unlike humans – if they don’t have mouths how do they eat things? How do they even breathe if they don’t have visible respiratory systems? One thing I know for certain is that they’re beautiful to watch; it’s like they’re the ballerinas of the water, always graceful and always aware of their surroundings. Jellyfish are these odd spectral forces that silently take command of the ocean so it’s often impossible to look away. The video below is hypnotizing, I’m surprised that jellyfish weren’t included in Fantasia 2000 since their casual elegance almost pre-disposes their movements to be set to music.
A word of caution: the video takes an unexpected ominous turn at around 3:20 as the background shifts from startling blue to murky black as the jellyfish are immersed in darkness. The foreboding tone is accompanied by a drastic change of music full of dramatic piano playing that sounds like the Mordor theme but for jellyfish, signifying that a conspiracy is about to occur. Why are there suddenly so many of them and what are they all doing? What are they even talking about?