One of the things that I like about zoology is that scientists are always finding new species. One of the new amazing discoveries is the hairy-chested yeti crab.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These strange little crabs range in size from 15 cm to under half a cm across.
- The little hairs that give them their name are very useful as they eat the little microbes that grow on them. They are also called the Hoff crab, after the actor David Hasselhoff who has a very hairy chest.
- They live 2,600 metres below the surface of the water near very hot hydrothermal vents in the freezing cold water of the Antarctic, so they have to be very careful not to boil or freeze. This means that they squeeze into a very small area, with up to 4,000 of these guys piled up in an area of just one square metre.
- At breeding time, the females have to go to colder water to lay their eggs, and they die soon after due to the extreme conditions.
- Hairy-chested yeti crabs were only discovered in 2010 by scientists using a remote operated deep sea probe.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about hairy-chested yeti crabs?