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Image : Lurking Benignly on the Seafloor, the ‘Yeti’ Crab is Discovered

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Scientists are beginning to study the bacteria living on the crab's bristles; video footage shows the crabs holding their hairy claws over plumes of hot, mineral-rich fluid flowing from seafloor cracks called hydrothermal vents. But how the crab uses the bacteria remains a mystery. (Photo by J.Y. Quintin, IFREMER)

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Last updated: December 11, 2014