PASADENA (CBSLA) — Jellyfish live throughout the world’s oceans and could one day be the key to new discoveries, according to researchers.
Scientists at Caltech have collaborated with Stanford University on a new project that relies on jellyfish swimming at increased speeds.READ MORE: Garcetti: 88,000 Vaccines To Be Given Out During The Week At City Sites
The engineers developed a prosthetic, similar to a cardiac pacemaker, that can be implanted in jellyfish and speed up the pulsing motion they use to propel themselves forward, which then enables the animals to swim up to three times faster than usual.
The device works by delivering electric impulses, but since jellyfish don’t have pain receptors, scientists say they’re not harmed during the process.READ MORE: 'I Was Desperate': Prince Harry And Meghan's Bombshell Interview
By swimming more efficiently, researchers hope jellyfish can become partners in ocean exploration.
The hope is that some day in the future, the speedier jellyfish can be equipped with sensors that record information about the ocean.MORE NEWS: Woman, Child Found Dead Inside Rancho Cucamonga Home
The study, “Low-power microelectronics embedded in live jellyfish enhance propulsion,” was published on Jan. 29 in the journal Science Advances.