Kiwa hirsuta is a crustacean discovered in in the South Pacific Ocean. Its discoverers dubbed it the " yeti lobster" or "yeti crab". The animal has strongly reduced eyes that lack pigment , and is thought to be blind. The "hairy" pincers contain filamentous bacteria , which the creature may use to detoxify poisonous minerals from the water emitted by the hydrothermal vents where it lives.
This drawing shows the Yeti crab that was collected by scientists on the Pacific-Antarctic ridge. The drawing was created by scientific illustrator Karen Jacobson, who worked with the scientists on board the research ship Atlantis. An international team of scientists recently announced the discovery of a new species of blind deep-sea crab whose legs are covered with long, pale yellow hairs. This crab was first observed in March by marine biologists using the research submarine Alvin to explore hydrothermal vents along the Pacific-Antarctic ridge, south of Easter Island. The primary goal of this expedition was to learn how bottom-dwelling animals from one deep-sea hydrothermal vent are able to colonize other hydrothermal vents hundreds or thousands of miles away.
Scientists Discover 'Hairy Lobster' in Deepest Pacific
Celebrating classic and modern Polynesian Pop. Hairy Lobster of the South Pacific. Kiwa hirsuta is so distinct from other species that scientists have created a new taxonomic family for it. A US-led team found the animal last year in waters 2,m 7,ft deep at a site 1,km miles south of Easter Island, an expert has claimed.