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Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed Mar 08, 2006 5:35 pm

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PARIS - A team of American-led divers has discovered a new crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and is covered with what looks like silky, blond fur, French researchers said Tuesday.

Scientists said the animal, which they named Kiwa hirsuta, was so distinct from other species that they created a new family and genus for it.

The divers found the animal in waters 7,540 feet deep at a site 900 miles south of Easter Island last year, according to Michel Segonzac of the French Institute for Sea Exploration.

The new crustacean is described in the journal of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

The animal is white and just shy of 6 inches long — about the size of a salad plate.

In what Segonzac described as a "surprising characteristic," the animal's pincers are covered with sinuous, hair-like strands.

It is also blind. The researchers found it had only "the vestige of a membrane" in place of eyes, Segonzac said.

The researchers said that while legions of new ocean species are discovered each year, it is quite rare to find one that merits a new family.

The family was named Kiwaida, from Kiwa, the goddess of crustaceans in Polynesian mythology.

The diving expedition was organized by Robert Vrijenhoek of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California.


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Postby Madison » Wed Mar 08, 2006 5:40 pm

8-o Wow!

I eat lobster, it's good stuff, but not sure I'd eat one of those. :-o
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Postby DevilDriver » Wed Mar 08, 2006 5:43 pm

THAT LOOKS SCARY :-o
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:02 pm

Madison wrote:8-o Wow!

I eat lobster, it's good stuff, but not sure I'd eat one of those. :-o


I think you'd need some floss to get the hair out of your teeth
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Postby teddy ballgame » Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:03 pm

acsguitar wrote:
Madison wrote:8-o Wow!

I eat lobster, it's good stuff, but not sure I'd eat one of those. :-o


I think you'd need some floss to get the hair out of your teeth

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Postby Madison » Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:09 pm

teddy ballgame wrote:
acsguitar wrote:
Madison wrote:8-o Wow!

I eat lobster, it's good stuff, but not sure I'd eat one of those. :-o


I think you'd need some floss to get the hair out of your teeth

:-P


:-P

Note that I said I wouldn't eat one of those things. :-b
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Postby teddy ballgame » Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:13 pm

Madison wrote:
teddy ballgame wrote:
acsguitar wrote:
Madison wrote:8-o Wow!

I eat lobster, it's good stuff, but not sure I'd eat one of those. :-o


I think you'd need some floss to get the hair out of your teeth

:-P


:-P

Note that I said I wouldn't eat one of those things. :-b

You said you weren't sure. :-B :-b
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Postby Red Stripe » Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:15 pm

I want to get one as a pet ;-D
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Postby Simulacrum » Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:16 pm

I thought I was looking at a close up of a pubic lice at first :-o

He's actually kind of cute, like he's wearing a tiny fur coat or something.

Interesting stuff, Pogo. ;-D
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Postby Madison » Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:22 pm

teddy ballgame wrote:
Madison wrote:
teddy ballgame wrote:
acsguitar wrote:
Madison wrote:8-o Wow!

I eat lobster, it's good stuff, but not sure I'd eat one of those. :-o


I think you'd need some floss to get the hair out of your teeth

:-P


:-P

Note that I said I wouldn't eat one of those things. :-b

You said you weren't sure. :-B :-b


Dang. Got me on a technicality. !+)

Ok, they would have to de-fur that thing for me to even think about trying one.

Better? :-b
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