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February 02, 2012

Giant, Foot-Long Prawn Found Near New Zealand

By Chad Love

Trout aren't the only things that grow huge in New Zealand. Researchers probing the depths off the coast of New Zealand have discovered a giant "super prawn" that tapes out at almost a foot long.

From this story in the (UK) Mirror:

An expedition to one of the deepest parts of the ocean has discovered a "supergiant" species. The huge crustacean was discovered more than four miles deep in waters north of New Zealand by scientists from the University of Aberdeen. The creature is a type of amphipod, commonly found in the deep sea, which are usually 2cm-3cm long. The new specimen measured 28cm.

Using submergence cameras and a large trap designed by the university's Oceanlab, the team was able to explore up to depths of six miles. The team was hoping to find specimens of deep-sea snailfish which have been photographed before but have not been seen since the 1950s. Expedition leader Alan Jamieson said: "The moment the traps came on deck, we were elated at the sight of the snailfish as we have been after these fish for years.

"However, seconds later I stopped and thought 'What on earth is that?' whilst catching a glimpse of an amphipod far bigger than I ever thought possible. "It's a bit like finding a foot-long cockroach." Seven specimens were caught in the trap and up to nine were photographed gathering around the camera system. Scientists say the term "supergiant" was coined by US researchers when they found some large amphipods in the early 1980s. The supergiant amphipod has not been reported since and has faded into the realms of rare and mysterious deep-sea creatures. Dr Jamieson said: "The surprising thing is that we have already been to this deep trench twice and never come across these animals before.

Wow, a foot-long aquatic cockroach. I've eaten worse. Wonder how it'd be dipped in butter...

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from themadflyfisher wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Looks delicious!!

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Called a "scampie" in the restaurants I have eatin in. I'm waitin for Subway to come out with their new "footlong prawn" sub.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Not to be a stickler, but the term "prawn" is usually reserved for a particular group of Decopoda shrimp. Amhipods are and entirely different group. Sorry I'm an invertebrate zoologist, I couldn't resist. Prawns are shrimp cocktail, amphipods are not :)

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Also, while cool, they are somewhat common in museum collections. Amphipods of this size were first described in 1899. Okay, I'm done being a killjoy now I promise. :)

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Moose, are they good eatin' or not?

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Steve, not that I know of, although a trapped expedition to Antarctica lived off soup made out of the tinier ones. Not sure I'd like to try that though.

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from vtbluegrass wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Check out my new fly 34/0 pearl scud.

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from chadlove wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Leave it to the invertebrate zoologists among us to be so...correct:)

Moose1980, didn't you ever hear the one about not letting the facts get in the way of a good story?

Actually, thanks for the info, I just took the "prawn" description from the newspaper article and ran with it. In truth, I wouldn't know a prawn from an Amhipod to save my life...

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

An invertebrate zoologist? Man, there is a misspent youth if I ever heard one! He'da never got to bar hop with me, and my college group!

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from dleurquin wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Now that's a scud.

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from weedless97 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Maybe, just maybe, that's legal trout bait over there. Is that why they're so big?

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

My pleasure Chad, sorry I just couldn't help myself. And Sayfu, I spent my youth chasing fish and deer, which I still do today! I just happened to have a mentor who steered me in the invert zoo direction in Grad school.

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from TM wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Am I the only one thinking that we must tell Sigourney Weaver about this at once?

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from TM wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Am I the only one thinking that we must tell Sigourney Weaver about this at once?

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from BaboosicBomb wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Am I the only one thinking that we must tell Sigourney Weaver about this at once?

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from Horseapples wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Moose I think you need to get together with a geneticist and work on a hybrid for the shrimp farms! Wow, one would make me full for sure!

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from bassman06 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

so is studying fish a good career?

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from billrichards wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

the deep-sea isopod Bathynomus is much bigger, but not good eating. Rather it is a very good eater as it will chew voraciously into fish that come up in the trawl with it.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Not to be a stickler, but the term "prawn" is usually reserved for a particular group of Decopoda shrimp. Amhipods are and entirely different group. Sorry I'm an invertebrate zoologist, I couldn't resist. Prawns are shrimp cocktail, amphipods are not :)

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Also, while cool, they are somewhat common in museum collections. Amphipods of this size were first described in 1899. Okay, I'm done being a killjoy now I promise. :)

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from vtbluegrass wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Check out my new fly 34/0 pearl scud.

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from steve182 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Moose, are they good eatin' or not?

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Steve, not that I know of, although a trapped expedition to Antarctica lived off soup made out of the tinier ones. Not sure I'd like to try that though.

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from chadlove wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Leave it to the invertebrate zoologists among us to be so...correct:)

Moose1980, didn't you ever hear the one about not letting the facts get in the way of a good story?

Actually, thanks for the info, I just took the "prawn" description from the newspaper article and ran with it. In truth, I wouldn't know a prawn from an Amhipod to save my life...

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from weedless97 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Maybe, just maybe, that's legal trout bait over there. Is that why they're so big?

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

My pleasure Chad, sorry I just couldn't help myself. And Sayfu, I spent my youth chasing fish and deer, which I still do today! I just happened to have a mentor who steered me in the invert zoo direction in Grad school.

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from TM wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Am I the only one thinking that we must tell Sigourney Weaver about this at once?

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from TM wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Am I the only one thinking that we must tell Sigourney Weaver about this at once?

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from themadflyfisher wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Looks delicious!!

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Called a "scampie" in the restaurants I have eatin in. I'm waitin for Subway to come out with their new "footlong prawn" sub.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

An invertebrate zoologist? Man, there is a misspent youth if I ever heard one! He'da never got to bar hop with me, and my college group!

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from dleurquin wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Now that's a scud.

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from BaboosicBomb wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Am I the only one thinking that we must tell Sigourney Weaver about this at once?

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from Horseapples wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Moose I think you need to get together with a geneticist and work on a hybrid for the shrimp farms! Wow, one would make me full for sure!

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from bassman06 wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

so is studying fish a good career?

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from billrichards wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

the deep-sea isopod Bathynomus is much bigger, but not good eating. Rather it is a very good eater as it will chew voraciously into fish that come up in the trawl with it.

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