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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Name That Shrimp

What a little cutie! And you could name it.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society is offering some lucky (and rich) person chance to name this deep sea species that is completely new to science.
PhD student Anna McCallum, who discovered the shrimp, has generously chosen to auction the naming rights of the shrimp and dedicate all profits from the auction towards marine conservation.

The ebay auction began at 9am (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) Sunday 22nd March 2009 and will end at 9am (AEDST) on Tuesday 31st March 2009.
This shrimp was found 400m down in the deep waters of South-west Australia.

Morphing from yellow to green, this spectacular shrimp is covered in scarlet spots and sports a toothed crest across the top of its body, which gives it the delightful appearance of having a mohawk.

At the time of blogging 29 people had tried to get in on the act and the bid stood at AU $1,775.
For full details of the auction log on the AMCS or and check out ebay.

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