Hairy Crab Dubbed "The Hoff"

If you were to find a new species of animal with a hairy chest, it would only make sense to name it after actor David Hasselhoff. That's what happened when a new hairy species of yeti crab was documented near thermal vents in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica.
The crabs were found in piles around hydrothermal vents on the seafloor during a 2010 expedition conducted by British scientists. Professor Alex Rogers of Oxford University led the voyage, and told LiveScience that the crabs were "literally, in places, heaped up upon each other."

According to the BBC, the crab has long hairs on its abdomen, inspiring a Hasselhoff comparison. The creature was one of many new species discovered by British scientists exploring deep-sea vents in the Antarctic. Others spotted included a pale octopus and new starfish.


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