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New Species of Hairy “Yeti” Crab Found in the Depths of the Antarctic

The hairy yeti crab is only the third of its species to be discovered, and the first to be found living in the frigid waters of the Antarctic.

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Mother Nature simply has a treasure trove of surprises.

We’ve seen and heard lots of stories about bizarre-looking animals, but the more we search, the more we discover. This time, it’s from the depths of the Antarctic.

The hairy yeti crab is only the third of its species to be discovered, and the first to be found living in the frigid waters of the Antarctic. Given the scientific name of Kiwa tyleri in honor of University of Southampton Professor Emeritus Paul Tyler, the hairy crab is white and measures from 0.5 to 15 centimeters. These crabs are particularly interesting, given that they can only live in a small space amidst a danger zone.

The yeti crab is white and measures from 0.5 to 15 centimeters.

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“We knew immediately that we’d found something tremendously novel and unique in hydrothermal vent research,” said ecologist Sven Thatje, leader of the scientists who searched for the crabs.

The crabs were found in the harsh environments of the East Scotia Ridge hydrothermal vents.

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The crabs were discovered in the hydrothermal vents of East Scotia Ridge, wherein the water temperature is generally freezing. However, the hydrothermal vents there are a different story; waters spewing off it can exceed temperatures of 400 degrees Celsius. If the crabs venture too close to the vent, they become toast; too far off into the frigid waters and they freeze to death.

Since the crabs live in a harsh environment where finding food is a challenge, they’ve evolved by having hair-like structures in their chest and arms in order to attract food.

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Photo credit: PLOS ONE

It’s even nicknamed as the “Hoff-crab” due to the hairy structures in its chest.

A detailed description of the yeti crab and its habitat has been discussed in a study published in PLOS ONE.

The bottom of the ocean is indeed full of insanely weird and bizarre creatures. Who knows what we’ll find next.


Source: UpworthyNational Geographic

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Shocking But True: Selfies Have Killed More People This Year Than Shark Attacks

Believe it or not, more people have died from taking selfies than from shark attacks this year.

At one point or another, we’ve all been guilty of whipping out a smartphone to take a quick selfie in an attempt to capture a moment.

Although done in harmless fun, selfies can actually be lethal if you are not careful. In fact a recent report has revealed that more people have died this year by taking selfies compared with shark attacks.

According to the statistics, there have already been 12 selfie deaths for the year - a number that is staggeringly higher compared with the 8 shark attack deaths we've had so far. Most of the time, falling is the main reason behind selfie deaths while others are hit by a moving vehicle or are harmed by wild animals.

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Captive Snake With No Companion Magically Got Pregnant For the Second Time

Dubbed as parthenogenesis, this phenomenon is a rare case of asexual reproduction where animals give birth without mating.

NO man? No problem! A female snake has baffled scientists after she defied the laws of biology by giving 'virgin birth' not once, but twice despite not having contact with male in eight years!

After living in solitude for eight years, a snake gives birth to a child in southeast Missouri. Dubbed as parthenogenesis, this phenomenon is a rare case of asexual reproduction where animals give birth without mating. Scientists are surprised that this is happening more often than expected.

Missouri Department of Conservation’s Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center told Time that the female yellow-bellied water snake have already reproduced on her own in the summer of 2014. This is not the first time it happened. This snake babies in Missouri are the first examples of parthenogenesis seen in a female yellow-bellied water snake's life.

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Boy Almost Lost His Penis in Swimming Trunks Horror

A little boy’s willy got stuck in his swimming shorts and needed medical help.

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A five-year-old boy named Jack Collins almost lost his penis after it got caught in the mesh lining of his swimming trunks purchased at Tesco.

Jack’s mom Laura from Glossop, Derbyshire recounted the horrific moment her son’s genitals was “strangled” by the netting in his swimming shorts. According to Laura, Jack was left in agony and let out a stomach-churning scream after she attempted to take off his trunks.

“I knew it was caught in some way but I couldn’t figure it out and he was very distressed. I carried him to reception and asked for some scissors. When I explained what had happened they said I needed to get him straight to a doctor,” Laura told Mirror UK.

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