New Animal Resembling Furry Lobster Found
Staff and agencies
12 March, 2006
Tue Mar 7, 9:28 PM ET
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.
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 animal is white and just shy of 6 inches long — about the size of a salad plate.
It is also blind. The researchers found it had only "the vestige of a membrane" in place of eyes, Segonzac said.
The family was named Kiwaida, from Kiwa, the goddess of crustaceans in Polynesian mythology.
Pretty cool isn't he? This has got to be my new favourite animal. Anyone I show it to is either horrified, or in awe of the thing. I was pretty sad to learn they hauled the poor little guy up to the surface. Thoughts?