Giant Crustacean Found Near New Zealand

If you think the jumbo shrimp you served to guests this past New Year's Eve were impressive, then take a look at the foot-long crustaceans recently discovered in the deep sea near New Zealand!

In November of last year, researchers from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland pulled up a trap and were shocked to find seven enormous amphipods, which are 20 times larger than their nearest amphipod cousins.

These super-sized amphipods, known as Alicella gigantea, were first discovered in 1899 but haven't been seen the 1980s.  However, the specimens caught four miles deep in Kermadec Trench, off the northeast coast of New Zealand, are the largest ever recorded.

The full story from the Christian Science Monitor can be read here.