Yeti Crabs

January 5, 2012 by staff 

Yeti CrabsYeti Crabs, Yeti crabs heaped in piles, predatory sea stars stalking the perimeter, and ghostlike octopuses are among the extraordinary species discovered clustered around hydrothermal vents below the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean

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.
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.

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