WASHINGTON – Scientists have made an incredible discovery about the possibility of life in extreme conditions!
Six hundred feet below a massive Antartic ice sheet, scientists found a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish thriving amidst the extreme conditions. This came as a shock as scientists figured nothing more than a few microbes could flourish beneath the ice sheet. A NASA team made the discovery when they lowered a video camera to get a clearer look beneath the ice sheet where no light shines.
The shrimp-like creature swam up and parked itself on the camera’s cable and they pulled up a tentacle of what they believed came from a foot-long jellyfish.
“We were operating on the [resumption that nothing’s there,” said NASA ice scientist Robert Bindschadler, who’ll be presenting the data at an American Geophysical Union meeting on Wednesday. “It was a shrimp you’d enjoy having on your plate,” he added
“We were just gaga over it,” he said of the 3-inch-long, orange critter caught on the footage. Although it looks like a shrimp, it’s not exactly one. It’s a Lyssianasid amphipod, which is distantly related to shrimp.
This new discovery is re-shaping the thought process about the possibility of life existing under such harsh conditions. “This is a first for the sub-glacial environment with that level of sophistication,” said Cynan Ellis-Evans, microbiologist of the British Antartic Survey.

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  1. Amazing discover. Information could be complete, what temperture and pressure were found at this deep investigation…

  2. It is necessary to correct the name to Lysianassid amphipod, that is the correct scientific name to the Gender which the animal belongs.


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