Furry lobster feels like felt,
and chirps like a cricket…mais
goûte toujours comme le poulet.
From ABC Science Online article
by Jacquie van Santen
A bizarre crustacean, tagged the ‘musical furry lobster’, has been found in Australian waters for the first time.
It’s so unusual, with a furry shell and the ability to chirp, that scientists have placed it in its own genus.
But the lobster was almost lost to science.
Rumour has it the French researchers who discovered the world’s first specimen in the 1980s didn’t realise its significance. So, they ate it for dinner.
Fortunately, the first one found in Australia is alive and well. It’s on display at Townsville’s Reef HQ aquarium, run by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.