Picture of newly discovered "blonde-haired" lobster
Rhett Butler, mongabay.com
March 8, 2006
Divers found a new species of crustacean living deep in hydrothermal vents of the South Pacific. The creature resembles a lobster covered with "silky, blond" fur say researchers who made the discovery.
The divers found the animal in ocean waters 7,540 feet (2,300 meters) deep at a site 900 miles south of Easter Island in the South Pacific. The 6-inch long (15 cm) animal lives in hydrothermal vents and is blind, with only "the vestige of a membrane" in place of eyes says Michel Segonzac of the French Institute for Sea Exploration, one of the researchers who made the find.
|Kiwi hirsuta, a newly discovered crustacean found in hydrothermal vents of the Pacific Antarctic Ridge, south of Easter Island. Photo courtesy of the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER).|
The diving expedition was organized by Robert Vrijenhoek of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California.