Hairy 'Lobster' Found in Ocean Depths

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The French Institute for Sea Exploration announced this week the discovery of a new animal on the ocean floor. It looks a lot like a lobster — except that its blind, white and covered with silky blond fur. Divers discovered the crustacean nearly a mile-and-a-half down in the South Pacific.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. The French Institute for Sea Exploration announced this week, finding a new critter on the ocean floor. It looks a lot like a lobster, except that it's blind, white, and covered with silky, blond fur. Divers discovered the crustacean nearly a mile-and-a-half deep in the South Pacific. It's sufficiently distinct that scientists created a whole new family for it, combining the name of the Polynesian goddess of crustaceans with the Latin word for hairy. This is MORNING EDITION.

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