Some kind of tiny deep sea monster named after Metallica

Posted by on February 27, 2020

According to cnet, a scientist named a deep-sea crustacean after Metallica to “raise awareness about miners who seek and destroy marine habitats.” Scientist Torben Riehl has discovered a tiny new species, which is half an inch long that lives 13,500 feet below the surface of the deep blue sea. Riehl decided to name this some kind of sea monster after the metal legends. 

Metallica themselves commented on the discovery:

We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean! Senckenberg researcher Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet of Ghent University in Belgium have discovered a new crustacean species in the depths of the northern Pacifica Ocean and decided to name it after some rock band… Welcome to our world Macrostylis metallicola!

First of all, stellar name Dr. Riehl. Second, what an honor! Not only did Dr. Riehn name his discovery after a band as he has been a fan since childhood, The Thing That Should Not Be has a few things in common with us. The worm-like creature dwells in complete darkness, has no eyes, and is colorless. Talk about Blackened! It also lives amongst metallic nodules containing cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, and rare-earth elements. So it basically lives in a rock stadium? Now that’s one metal crustacean!

You just never know what you’ll find “lurking beneath the sea.”



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