A video posted on Monday reveals what could be an entirely new species of aquatic life form.

Nautilus, the floating laboratory, discovered the purple orb-like creature while on a mission to study deep-sea corals near the Channel Islands off the coast of California. In the video, the science team can be overheard discussing amongst themselves the identity of the strange discovery. They suggest it may be a pleurobranch, a close relative of the nudibranch.

The researchers used the Nautilus’ suction tube to collect the specimen in order to further study and identify it. It could take up to several years for the team to successfully identify it.