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Old 01-03-2012, 10:48 PM
 
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Yeti Crabs, Ghost Octopi Found at 1st Antarctic Deep-Sea Vents

Better knowledge of what governs the patterns of life at deep-sea vents will enable responsible decisions about how to manage these deep-ocean resources
By Stephanie Pappas and LiveScience | January 3, 2012





A new species of yeti crab piles around the hydrothermal vents in Antarctica. The vents may be a safe haven for crabs, which typically can't tolerate cold waters. Image: (c) NERC ChEsSo Consortium



Scientists doing their first exploring of deep-sea vents in the Antarctic have uncovered a world unlike anything found around other hydrothermal vents, one populated by new species of anemones, predatory sea stars, and piles of hairy-chested yeti crabs.

It was "almost like a sight from another planet," said expedition leader Alex Rogers, a professor of zoology at Oxford University

Yeti Crabs, Ghost Octopi Found at 1st Antarctic Deep-Sea Vents: Scientific American
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