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World`s biggest `prawn` discovered

Last Updated: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 00:15

London: A British expedition has discovered an enormous species of crustacean that looks like a prawn and is 11 inches long, Daily Mail reported Thursday.

The so-called `supergiant` - a type of amphipod - was discovered more than four miles below the surface in waters north of New Zealand.

Most amphipods are usually 0.8in-1.2in long. But the new specimen, found by a team from the University of Aberdeen, was 10 times the size, the newspaper said.

Using submergence cameras and a large trap designed by the university`s Oceanlab, the crew was able to explore to depths of six miles.

They were 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."


First Published: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 00:15
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