January 06, 2012
Scientists Discover New Species of Crab Dubbed "The Hoff"
By Chad Love
What do deep-sea ocean crabs and David Hasselhoff have in common? Of course you don't care, and of course it has nothing to do with hunting or fishing, but it's Friday.
From this story on cbsnews.com:
"The Hoff" is no longer just the nickname for actor David Hasselhoff -- now it is being used to identify a new species of crab scientist discovered that has a hairy Hasselhoff-like chest on the Southern Ocean floor near Antarctica. "Their nickname on the cruise ship was the 'Hasselhoff crab,' which gives you some idea of what they look like," said Professor Alex Rogers, who led the research cruise that found the new species, to the BBC.
Since the creature has yet to be formally classified its nickname, "The Hoff," has stuck, but it will be given a formal name soon. While there is still no name for the species, scientists do know that it is a type of yeti crab, reports the BBC. Yeti crabs are known for their hairs along their claws, which they use to cultivate the bacteria that they in turn eat. "The Hoff" species were found in piles around hydrothermal vents on the seafloor with long hairs on their abdomen, instead of along their claws.
So David Hasselhoff has his own species of... yeti crab, which in my opinion is an honor perfectly commensurate with his acting ability. Still, that got me to thinking, if you're going to name a crab after someone, shouldn't that person have, at the very least, a mildly surly and unpleasant disposition? Who's your favorite nominee from the outdoors world?