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.


12 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:


  8. RaiulBaztepo says:

    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:


  11. etherea says:

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

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