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Giant crustacean discovered in New Zealand

By T.K. Randall
February 3, 2012 · Comment icon 16 comments

Image Credit: CC 3.0 Uwe Kils
A number of gigantic amphipods measuring 10 times the regular size have been fished up from the depths.
"It's a bit like finding a foot-long cockroach," said Alan Jamieson of Oceanlab. "This amphipod was far bigger than I ever thought possible." The strange creatures were caught in a deep sea metal trap with a camera which filmed some even larger ones nearby. "For such a large and conspicuous animal to go unnoticed for so long is just testament to how little we know about life in New Zealand's most deep and unique habitat," added Dr Ashley Rowden.
A huge crustacean has been found lurking 7km down in the waters off the coast of New Zealand. The creature - called a supergiant - is a type of amphipod, which are normally around 2-3cm long.


Source: BBC News | Comments (16)




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Comment icon #7 Posted by dharma warrior 12 years ago
@ sevenof seven... "rape and pillage"? seriously? I'll admit that my first thought upon seeing the photo of the creature was to saute in butter and garlic, then finish off with a sprinkling of lemon juice. The idea of raping one of the little buggers never occurred to me. How would one go about doing it?
Comment icon #8 Posted by dharma warrior 12 years ago
Very carefully, I'll assume.
Comment icon #9 Posted by xxdarkstar79 12 years ago
Monsanto engineering !!!
Comment icon #10 Posted by H.H. Holmes 12 years ago
Very carefully, I'll assume. First you meet it in a bar to sweet talk it, then when it goes to the bathroom slip some GHB in it's drink. It shouldn't give you problems.
Comment icon #11 Posted by KERIK182 12 years ago
That looks TASTIE.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Still Waters 12 years ago
Very cool. We can always count on you SW to bring this great stuff to us. It kind of looks like a big shrimp. Old Bay, Vinegar and beer---steamed? lol Robbie. Trust you to come up with a recipe for it! and thank you
Comment icon #13 Posted by puridalan 12 years ago
THe odd thing is that the fish at the bottom of the article..a few days ago I had a dream of a fish exactly like that..except it kept messing with me like floating around me...very weird
Comment icon #14 Posted by ROGER 12 years ago
THe odd thing is that the fish at the bottom of the article..a few days ago I had a dream of a fish exactly like that..except it kept messing with me like floating around me...very weird So may be in a previous life you were a dead fish?
Comment icon #15 Posted by Chrlzs 12 years ago
Wow, them's big sea lice! Back when I worked in a marine lab, one of my more interesting tasks was to set up a large aquarium into which we placed a recently deceased rock lobster and about 1000 or so of the more normally sized local sea lice (about 1.5-2cm). Then I set up a video camera and recorded some of what transpired, as they cleaned the thing out over the next day or so... For commercial reasons I can't tell you exactly what we were investigating but let's just say that these smaller sea lice are now an integral part of an unusual aquaculture process - one that doesn't result in them b... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by nohands 12 years ago
lets evolve with them.........


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