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Yeti of the Deep

"Marine biologists have discovered a crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and which is covered in what looks like silky fur.

Kiwa hirsuta is so distinct from other species that scientists have created a new taxonomic family for it."

(Go to BBC News article)
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sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: March 8th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
AARRGGG!! You actually scared me with that thing!

Like, jumped in my chair scared. I just clicked a link on my flist to go and look at something, and when I hit the back button, this was centered on my screen!!

It was too spider-like at first. Now that I've had a chance to recover, it's kind of interesting.
komos From: komos Date: March 8th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I left out the part about how it's, on average, 30 feet long and a hazard to swimmers and small water craft.

No. Not really.
sassyinkpen From: sassyinkpen Date: March 8th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
And here I'd been thinking what a tank of them at Red Lobster would look like. It could be their Holiday Special. They would tape white tissue paper snowflakes to the glass.
komos From: komos Date: March 8th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I, for one, welcome our pale and furry crustacean masters.
stochasticgirl From: stochasticgirl Date: March 8th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Normally I read stories about crustaceans and immediately think, "mmmmmm.....lobster....." but there's NO WAY I'm eating that thing!
stochasticgirl From: stochasticgirl Date: March 8th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hm, after seeing my icon compared to that picture above - do you suppose if we did cook that thing, it would turn red as well?
komos From: komos Date: March 8th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a good question. Maybe we can suggest "boiling" as one of the future tests?
komos From: komos Date: March 8th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I first saw it, I was wondering how long it would be before it was offered as a delicacy somewhere. I'm guessing the biggest problem would be the fact that it lives in water that's loaded with toxins, so it may not actually be edible without some clever preparation.
teddywookie From: teddywookie Date: March 8th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
But .. it's self-flossing!
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: March 8th, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I knew a woman named Kiwa in college, but I don't recall her being particularly hirsute...

(neat find!)
komos From: komos Date: March 8th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or was she?

Ok, I got nothing.
_meej_ From: _meej_ Date: March 8th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nor do I, really.
watchamacallit From: watchamacallit Date: March 8th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
You would think an organism requiring a new taxonomic name would get published in a less obscure journal.
komos From: komos Date: March 8th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It made it into this morning's Metro...
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: March 8th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

MONKEY LOBSTER!!!

komos From: komos Date: March 8th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was the first thing that crossed my mind, too.
khep From: khep Date: March 8th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome!
komos From: komos Date: March 8th, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's kinda cute, in its own way...
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