(USATODAY.com) - A research team at Virginia Tech is testing the waters of drones in a new project featuring a giant jellyfish robot.
The $5 million robo-jelly fish, named 'Cyro,' weighs 170 pounds and measures up to 5-foot-7 -- about the size of an average man.
Researchers hope to use Cyro to study the oceans, map sea floors and discover new things about marine life.
Cyro is modeled after one of the world's largest jellyfish -- the Lion's Mane jelly fish. It has eight robotic arms and its structure is covered by a thick layer of silicone, which resembles jellyfish skin.
The robot is still a prototype, years away from being in the water.
The idea for a robotic jellyfish did not originate at Virginia Tech, but rather the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Office of Naval Research.