Scientist find eyeless shrimp in Cayman trench

| 12/01/2012

shrimp.jpg(CNS): White-tentacled anemones and eyeless shrimps and are among the new forms of life scientists have found thriving near the super-hot underwater vents in the Cayman Trench this week One group of Scientists from the National Oceanography Centre have discovered a six centermetre long shrimp with no eyes but a light-sensing organ on its back  in an undersea hot spring. Named Rimicaris hybisae researchers says it is related to a species called Rimicaris exoculata previously discovered in the mid-Atlantic ridge. The vent, in which this latest kind of shrimp was found discharges thick black smoke and reaches a scorching 450 degrees Celsius and is rich inminerals such as copper.

"Studying the creatures at these vents, and comparing them with species at other vents around the world; will help us to understand how animals disperse and evolve in the deep ocean," Dr. Jon Copley, a marine biologist at the University of Southampton said about the discovery.

"Finding black smoker vents on Mount Dent was a complete surprise," adds Dr. Doug Connelly, a marine geochemist at the National Oceanography Centre. "Hot and acidic vents have never been seen in an area like this before, and usually we don't even look for vents in places like this."
He explained that one of the big mysteries of deep-sea vents is how animals are able to disperse from vent field to vent field, crossing apparently large distances."

The researchers found the previously unknown vents on the upper slopes of Mount Dent, which rises some 3km from the sea floor in the Cayman trench area but its peaks are still another 3kilometres below the surface. The discoveries suggest that active deep-sea volcanic vents are more widespread around the globe than previously thought, he added.

The scientists also found hundreds of white anemones lining the cracks where warm, copper-rich water seeps from the seabed as well as snake-like fish, an unknown species of snail and a flea-like crustacean called an amphipod.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Good now all them fools that were beating pots when UDP won can now get something to eat!!

  2. WeSoF*%#ed says:

    Wrap them badboys in bacon and throw them on the grill!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow, light sensing organs, inventors and innovators start your engines…when wlll there findings be published?

  4. Anonymous says:

    We already have them in West Bay – theyre called voters

  5. Anonymous says:

    Guys – why isnt everyone excited about this??

    Im not an environmentalist but I think this is great

    teachers , students – isnt anyone happy about this?.


    • Anonymous says:

      I am veryexcited about this, and you will need to learn how to turn your filter up among the mass deluded religidon noise.

    • anonymous says:

      It's Cayman….nothing here is exciting news, particularly if it has to do with the environment.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Shhhhhh … The Japanese will be fishing our waters and selling these as delicacies!

  7. Yuk yuk says:

    “Premier Shrimp” for the next election!!! Think about it: It can’t see what’s going on and it’s never on the Island, so it’s about the same as we’ve got now on those points, but at least Premier Shrimp won’t be shooting off it’s mouth with “WEEEEEEEZZZZZ BROKE” or anything equally embarrassing. It’ll be a definite improvement!

  8. Simon says:

    Our politicians come from the Western part of the trench. They formed the UDP and stuck solidly together forever. They never ever see native Caymanians just Billionaires, Millionires and Hedge Fund managers. They put their eyes back in around election time looking for votes.

  9. The Missing Link says:

    Here’s to hoping they find something worth voting for down there.

  10. Anonymous says:

    What was the Faulklands War about again?

  11. Anonymous says:

    What else did they "find"?  We will soon see more warships in our waters

  12. Anonymous says:

    which is more likely than an eyeless shrimp finding a scientist.