Yeti Crabs: Hairy-Chested Yeti Crabs Found In Antarctic Hydrothermal Vents (Photo)

By on Jan 5, 2012 in Animals, Science Comments
Yeti Crabs

Yeti Crabs
Image Credit: NERC ChEsSo Consortium

Yeti crabs were discovered by scientists to be crowding around an estimated 600 per square meter Antarctic sea vents, according to reports by several international news sites on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

Reports say that aside from the hairy-chested Yeti crabs, scientists also found clusters of brown snails, new species of anemones and predatory sea stars in the deep hydrothermal vents. Yeti crabs were observed to be cultivating bacteria on their hairy tendrils for their survival but were eaten by the seven-armed predatory sea stars that uses the sea vents as their hunting ground.

Alex Rogers, the leader of the expedition and Zoology professor from Oxford University, described in an interview with LiveScience that the discovery was “almost like a sight from another planet.” He added that seeing the “animals in such huge densities was just amazing.”

Rogers‘ group reported their discovery last January 3 in the journal PLoS Biology.

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