'Supergiant' amphipods found

08 February 2012
Posted by Chris Smith.

AmphipodResearchers exploring 7000m down in the Kermadec Trench, just north of New Zealand have found a new 'supergiant' species of amphipod, which is a type of crustacean that looks a bit like a heavily armoured prawn. The interesting thing about the specimens, which were around 30cm or a foot long, compared to most amphipods which are only a few centimetres or inches long, was that when the researchers took their camera and trap system back to the trench a few days later, the amphipods were nowhere to be seen! An intriguing glimpse into the mysterious world of the deep sea!

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