Antarctic ‘Lost World’ Discovered

New type of octopus found in Antarctic. Photo: Oxford Univ.

New type of octopus found in Antarctic. Photo: Oxford Univ.

Some of these creatures are pretty sci-fi! From Fox News:

A “lost world” of sea creatures was discovered near Antarctica, British scientists announced Wednesday.

New types of yeti crab, starfish and octopus were among the species found 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) below the surface of the sea, Oxford University researchers said.

The new life-forms were able to exist by feeding off chemicals from black smoke emitted by volcanic hot vents beneath the Southern Ocean, where temperatures can reach 720 degrees Fahrenheit (382 degrees Celsius).

“Hydrothermal vents are home to animals found nowhere else on the planet that get their energy not from the Sun but from breaking down chemicals, such as hydrogen sulphide,” according to Oxford University professor Alex Rogers, who led the research…

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Yeti crab sounds friggin’ awesome.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Yeti crab sounds friggin’ awesome.

    • Tim the Turtle

      But not as awesome as an Anarchy Pony!  ;-)

  • shelley griffiths

    OK….So when does all the raping and plundering of all its’ beauty and natural resources start????  Big OIL  first……

  • shelley griffiths

    OK….So when does all the raping and plundering of all its’ beauty and natural resources start????  Big OIL  first……

  • Tim the Turtle

    But not as awesome as an Anarchy Pony!  ;-)

  • Anonymous

    A “lost world” of superfluous research grants for shiftless biologists was discovered.

  • JoiquimCouteau

    A “lost world” of superfluous research grants for shiftless biologists was discovered.

  • DeepCough

    I bet the follow-up to this story will involve an editorial–possibly by O’Reilly–that this new bevy of sea creatures serves to prove further the occurrence of the Great Flood as foretold in the Bible.

  • DeepCough

    I bet the follow-up to this story will involve an editorial–possibly by O’Reilly–that this new bevy of sea creatures serves to prove further the occurrence of the Great Flood as foretold in the Bible.

    • Anarchy Pony

      No no, see the intelligent design folks will say that these things are too complicated to have evolved so they win again. (in their own heads.)

  • justagirl

    the stargazer fish should have been called zombie fish.  lol.  that thing is funny and creepy at the same time.

    http://www.motifake.com/image/demotivational-poster/0909/braaains-fish-demotivational-poster-1253928631.jpg 

  • justagirl

    the stargazer fish should have been called zombie fish.  lol.  that thing is funny and creepy at the same time.

    http://www.motifake.com/image/demotivational-poster/0909/braaains-fish-demotivational-poster-1253928631.jpg 

  • Anarchy Pony

    No no, see the intelligent design folks will say that these things are too complicated to have evolved so they win again. (in their own heads.)

  • Mr Willow

    But did they find a Shoggoth?

    • Anarchy Pony

      Give ‘em time.

  • Mr Willow

    But did they find a Shoggoth?

  • Anarchy Pony

    Give ‘em time.