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

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Mother Nature just has a treasure trove of surprises.

We’ve seen and heard tons of stories about weird-looking creatures, but the more we seek, the more we find. This time, it’s from the depths of the Antarctic.

The hairy yeti crab is just the third of its species to be detected, and the first to be found living in the icy 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 especially intriguing, given they can just live in a little space amidst a danger zone.

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


We understood instantly that we’d found something exceptional and incredibly innovative in hydrothermal vent research said ecologist Sven Thatje, leader of the scientists who sought for the crabs.

The crabs were seen in the rigorous surroundings of the East Scotia Ridge hydrothermal vents.


The crabs were found in the hydrothermal vents of East Scotia Ridge the water temperature is usually freezing. On the other hand, the hydrothermal vents there are a different story; waters spewing it off can transcend temperatures of 400 degrees Celsius. They become toast far off into the icy waters if the crabs enterprise too close to the vent and they freeze to death.

Where locating food is a challenge since the crabs live in a brutal environment, they’ve evolved by having hair like structures within their torso and arms in order to bring food.


Photo credit: PLOS ONE

It nicknamed as the “Hoff crab” because of the hairy constructions in its chest.

A comprehensive description of the yeti crab and its habitat was discussed in a study printed in PLOS ONE.

The bottom of the ocean is really full of insanely eccentric and strange creatures. Who understands what we’ll find


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