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Scientists discovering a brand new world of sea creatures.
On the ocean floor near Antarctica.
New species of pale colored crabs and and how many.
You know octopus is now decisions they ought to -- -- -- discovered that I like John thousands of feet underwater so how -- the creatures thrive in such -- harsh region.
As the South Pole wait till you hear about where they're living in McDonald is a biological oceanography for.
The water temperature down there and some of these some of these videos came to us from about 8000 feet down.
The water temperature -- I understand it is 32 degrees.
But they have a heat source an energy source down there.
Well that's right the water temperature is actually at freezing but because of seawater it doesn't really form mice but the amazing thing is that the water them fluids that are coming out of these hot romance.
It's are at temperatures of 725.
It's -- hot enough to melt lead so this is truly an extreme environment but it's one that supports an amazing ecosystem.
We were looking at some pictures and video of these yet he crabs.
That there's kind of an interesting.
Nickname for them and they have kind of an interesting characteristic can you tell us about that.
They do there there one of the latest discoveries -- him among that sea creatures that are able to make use of bacteria that feed on is this hot fluid and -- say yeah -- crabs have but chest -- if you like and they grow colonies of bacteria in there in the hair on the under part of -- in the -- I should -- So what they do is they cling to the surface of the events and there's just enough for that cooled down fluid coming up to enrich the bacteria and -- -- use these colonies of bacteria in there are growing on their bodies as a food source amazing.
And it's my understanding they've been nicknamed the Hoff crabs in in deference to David Hasselhoff the Baywatch star who's known the -- -- yes.
Through my agent -- you're gonna -- -- -- the Fed scientists don't have a sense of humor.
That's right these -- that never been seen before in part because it's just so difficult to work in those latitudes off off Antarctica.
That's right -- -- events were discovered back in about 2000 but it took that scientists from the British Southampton oceanographic institute almost a decade to get back there and they went back with -- simple camera system and they they realize that they were on to something and then they were able to return later with their ROB the -- this.
And they really scored it's really exciting to see this and what's what's interesting about this is that there are -- communities known for many other places in the ocean but the Antarctic vents are cut off from the rest of the ocean by the strong currents that surround the Antarctic -- -- so that larvae from coop like this events and things like that places like that can't make it to -- -- to the Antarctic -- -- what's exciting is that.
Other animals have evolved mechanisms for making taking advantage of of the bacterial production that occurs of these -- stuff there's another helping of evolution at work and we've never seen it -- didn't --
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