Hasselhoff’s Crab Reveals Clues About Ancient Oceans

Written by on June 20, 2013 in Invertebrates, Marine Life

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Fish consumption, prices both expected to rise more than most commodities over next decade says OECD

The OECD/FAO ten year food supply outlook is being published next week. The report shows that world per capita consumption of seafood is expected to increase eight percent (from 19 kg to 20.6 kg per person). Most of the growth is expected to be supplied by aquaculture. The percentage of aquaculture in total fishery production is projected to grow from 41 percent in 2010 to 47 percent by 2022.

The very hairy yeti crab.

The very hairy yeti crab. Photo credit: Sappymoosetree via photopin cc.

‘Hoff’ yeti crab hitched ride on ocean super-highway

The “Hoff” is a type of yeti crab known for its setae (hairs) along its claws and limbs. This hairy crab lives more than 2,000m below the surface where the water can reach 380C from underwater volcanic vents. It was only discovered in 2011 and it was named after David Hasselhoff. Check out this great post from BBC to find out how the Hoff crab made it from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean millions of years ago.

How to Create the World’s Largest Marine Sanctuary

Have you ever heard of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)? The organization was established in 1982 with the goal of protecting Antarctic marine life. The group is still deciding whether or not to establish the world’s biggest marine reserves in the Antarctic. Similar plans have failed in the past, but the current proposal will hopefully be decided this July. Check out this post to learn more about CCAMLR and the potential sanctuary.

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About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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