One of the Most Amazing Ocean Animals
Kiwa hirsuta (also nicknamed “the hairy lobster”) was found on the floor of the 7,540-foot-deep (2,300-meter-deep) Pacific Ocean some 900 miles (1,500 kilometers) south of Easter Island by a group of scientists in March 2005.
In many ways the newly discovered creature still remains a mystery.
This amazing animal has strongly reduced eyes that lack pigment, and is thought to be blind.
The “hairy” pincers contain filamentous bacteria, which Kiwa Hirsuta may use to detoxify poisonous minerals from the water emitted by the hydrothermal vents where it lives. Alternatively, it may feed on bacteria, although it is generally believed to be a carnivore.
Although it is often called the “furry lobster” or “yeti crab” , Kiwa hirsuta is a squat lobster, more closely related to crabs and hermit crabs than true lobsters.