Discovery of Furry Crustacean Yields New Family

March 2006

Scientists find Yeti Crab!
An international team of marine biologists recently announced the discovery of Kiwa hirsuta, a ten-legged crustacean that resembles a lobster covered with what looks like silky, blond fur. Dubbed the “Yeti crab,” the species was discovered 900 hundred miles south of Easter Island in the South Pacific, living near a hydrothermal vent at an ocean depth of about 7,540 feet. The biologists were conducting a diving cruise to learn how geographical barriers affect the distribution of animals living near vents along the Pacific and Pacific-Antarctic Ridges.

Read the entire article, and find out more about the hairy crab at the fantastic Smithsonian National Zoo website.

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13 Responses to Discovery of Furry Crustacean Yields New Family

  1. grrrromit says:

    Wow! That crab is GORGEOUS. I never thought I’d say such a thing about a crab.

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  3. well... says:

    I found it creepy…ugh!!!

  4. 12345678910 says:

    that thing is the ugliest creature ever discovered!

  5. student says:

    This crab was given existence for one…. one reason only. So I could write a paper on it and pass my oceanography class.

  6. kurisu says:

    I have a shirt with it. SRSLY.

  7. M stuff says:

    weird!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. RaiulBaztepo says:

    Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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  10. Mighty_Bazooka says:

    THAT IS THE SWEETEST CRAB EVER.

  11. etherea says:

    I agree with bazooka. That thing is flipping AWESOME. and a well chosen name!

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