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10 Amazing Sea Creatures that Live in Antarctica

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10 Amazing Sea Creatures that Live in Antarctica


Dreaming of visiting penguins in Antarctica? We think that is a swell idea but how about giving the sea pig or scale worm some love when you're there? What are sea pigs and scale worms you might ask? Just a few of the odd sea creatures discovered not so long ago in the chilly waters of the Antarctic Ocean. Not much is known about a lot of the animals that live under there but we will try our best to fill you in when you visit Antarctica here are ten amazing creatures you may just discover.

1. The Hoff Crab


The Hoff crab Kiwa tyleri if you want to be boring gets its name due to having a hairy chest that reminds everybody of David Hasselhoff’s own hairy chest. Jealous not to have a crab named after you? Then grow a hairy chest next time okay? This crab hangs out in water temperatures of 32 °F [0 °C] which gets a bit too cold for their tastes so they huddle down near hydro-thermal vents on the ocean floor so that they feel nice and toasty. Their chest hair is actually bacteria they love to scrap off and munch on. 

2. Antarcturus sp.


Little is known about these guys fun fact: Wikipedia articles have been written about them in Dutch and Vietnamese but not in English  so get to work one of you pedia-types for the record they are isopods that live deep in the ocean and a delicious sponge or coral branch as part of their diet.

3. The Sandhopper


The sandhopper looks like something out of Star Wars but it’s not impressive as it looks. If disturbed it hops away like a coward. It is interesting to note that this crustacean does double duty: sometimes it likes to hang out in the water but is down with living on the land just like you and me. It’s related to the crab lobster and shrimp so if you see one feel free to dunk it in hot butter we guess.

4. The Scale Worm


There is no getting around it friends the scale worm Eulagisca gigantea if you are nasty is hideous looking with their Hollywood smiles. They live on the ocean floor and can grow up to eight inches twenty centimeters long and four inches ten centimeters wide. It’s got this retractable mouth-part that can be turned inside out and folded into its body. A neat trick yeah? We are going to slowly back away.

5. The Comb Jelly


The comb jelly ctenophore is a soft transparent creature from our darkest nightmares the thing looks like something out of Aliens. On the other hand these cousins of the jellyfish are kind of bright and shiny. And we all love to drool over bright and shiny things when light strikes their paddles they emit an array of various colors giving them a cool appearance just don’t pick one of them up and stick it in your mouth one of our young interns learned this the hard way.

6. The Sea Pig


This one is our personal favorite also known as the sea cucumber 2 zany nicknames it loves to feast on scum and decaying plant matter. Like a real pig but instead of tasting like delicious bacon it tastes like decidedly undelicious poison sad news though: the sea pig lives in the deepest part of the Antarctic Ocean so you are unlikely to encounter one.

7. Glass Sponges


Check this out: the glass sponge is not made out of glass and it is worthless as a cleaning tool for washing dishes so what gives? Well their skeletons are made of silica, which is one of the main components of glass. Glass sponges don’t have a particularly sophisticated palate; they will pretty much eat whatever the ocean sends their way they are unfortunately dying at high rates due to global warming so let’s do our part and heal the planet.

8. Antarctic Feather Star


The Antarctic feather star or Promachocrinus kerguelensis if you want to looks like a super
scientist live at the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean near the coast of Antarctica. They like cold water and they possess twenty feathery arms that allow them to swim with grace and poise the true stars of the sea.

9. The Sea Spider


Do you like spiders? Then you will surely love the sea spider but you would be devastated to learn that they are not actually spiders at all. They are still pretty cool marine arthropods though they can grow more than fourteen inches [35 centimeters] long by far the largest of their type scientists are not really sure why they get so big so we are just going to assume it is a glandular problem till proven otherwise.

10. The Springtail


Springtails looks like something you would call an adorable furry critter that feeds on hugs don’t you think? But they are really hexapods that are similar to insects in many ways. At less than one millimeter long they are nonetheless the largest Antarctic animal that lives exclusively on land. In order to avoid freezing to death they are able to slow down their metabolism levels in order to conserve energy as well as produce glycerol but if conditions are super harsh they will die anyway.

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