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Yeti Crab Cultivates Bacteria On Claw, Then Eats Them

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the like-wringing-out-a-beard dept.

Earth 49

Pierre Bezukhov writes with some interesting news from the deep as reported in Nature: "In the deep ocean off the coast of Costa Rica, scientists have found a species of crab that cultivates gardens of bacteria on its claws, then eats them. ... The bristles that cover the crab's claws and body are coated in gardens of symbiotic bacteria, which derive energy from the inorganic gases of the seeps. The crab eats the bacteria, using comb-like mouthparts to harvest them from its bristles. ... [Scientists believe] the crab waves its claws to actively farm its bacterial gardens: movements stir up the water around the bacteria, ensuring that fresh supplies of oxygen and sulphide wash over them and helping them to grow."

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49 comments

Stolen (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38248958)

This has been on reddit for 2 days. Was wondering when someone would post it here.

Re:Stolen (4, Funny)

Walkingshark (711886) | more than 2 years ago | (#38248994)

You mean this isn't an original piece from one of Slashdot's crack team of reporters?!

Re:Stolen (3, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249024)

You could have posted it yourself you know. Judging by the name I guess reddit is for people who view news stories like Pokemon ("gotta read em all!", "I read more random stories than you!"). Slashdot is fun because of the comments, not just the articles.

Re:Stolen (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249210)

You could have posted it yourself you know.

Yes writing a submission only to have it spend days in the queue, starting out with a color-coded status of "black" (lowest available, not a middle value) so that no one reading the Firehose will actually see it, and then finally getting it rejected after yet more days ... and then looking at the pure CRAP that makes it to the front page daily ... yes that's so fun! I can see why everybody wants to do it.

Maybe I'd have better luck if I wrote a book review that reads more like a publisher's sales pitch. Or I could Ask Slashdot claiming to be an IT professional and seek support for an issue anyone in that position should be able to handle on their own, or pose as a regular user who needs some handholding because he has no clue how to Google something. Or I could track Apple's every move and submit multiple a stories about all of it, even the things that are not interesting. Or I could sensationalize anything related to Android.

About the only great reason to come here is YRO and the occasional substantive discussion about new inventions. The rest is turning into a grotesque version of the "Lifestyle" section of the newspaper, only aimed at pasty obese nerdy men instead of middle-aged empty-nest attention-starved women.

Re:Stolen (3, Insightful)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249292)

Another good option is you could stop being such a whiny little bitch.

Re:Stolen (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249414)

Another good option is you could stop being such a whiny little bitch.

So you will whine about someone else whining? Like a meta-bitch? Excellent contribution, sir! You sure did outsmart that mean old AC!

At least the other one said there were things of value. You're just whining and that's all you're doing. Was it the part about pasty obese nerds that bothered you? You could always stop eating so many more calories than you burn, fatass.

Re:Stolen (-1, Troll)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#38250064)

You might want to read up on what whining is.

And lol, I'm 76kg with probably under 10% body fat. I was out for 4 hours last Sunday doing Parkour (in the sunlight!), at the gym for a couple of hours tuesday evening, and more Parkour last night. So yes that part did bother me, but only because it was retardedly stereotypical.

Re:Stolen (1)

Taty'sEyes (2373326) | more than 2 years ago | (#38252378)

damn I just used my last mod points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re:Stolen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249650)

So why are you reading anything else, if only YRO interests you?

Other species are already known to do this ... (3, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249780)

Re:Other species are already known to do this ... (1)

murr (214674) | more than 2 years ago | (#38250556)

Yeah, they should name the crab "Kiwa hirsuta stallmanensis" in his honor.

Re:Other species are already known to do this ... (1)

tbird81 (946205) | more than 2 years ago | (#38252056)

I'm not normally squeamish, but that made me sick. I didn't actually wait until he put it in his mouth - I had to close the tab.

It could be the next goatse.

Re:Other species are already known to do this ... (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 2 years ago | (#38253696)

It can't be the next goatse. The whole point of goatse is that you click on the link and immediately OMG WTF AAARGH and smash on the keyboard to close it, but it's too late because it's now burned on your retina - forever.

Re:Other species are already known to do this ... (1)

retchdog (1319261) | more than 2 years ago | (#38253748)

In RMS' defense, if I had to listen to that bloviating twerp, I might be willing to do anything to distract myself.

Re:Stolen (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38252078)

This crab was discovered 6 years ago anyway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeti_crab), not exactly news by the time it's made its way through Nature's editors and such.

Think about all those poor bacteria! (4, Funny)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#38248996)

Think about all those poor bacteria that it kills in order to feed itself. It should be more like the moral crabs that are scavenger, at least they eat what is already dead.

 

Re:Think about all those poor bacteria! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249026)

Someone's crabby...

Re:Think about all those poor bacteria! (4, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249042)

oh, like bacteria are blameless. They're lazy. They should be out looking for real jobs, not surviving on hand outs from the crabs.

Re:Think about all those poor bacteria! (2)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249284)

oh, like bacteria are blameless. They're lazy. They should be out looking for real jobs, not surviving on hand outs from the crabs.

Wait for the claw backs.

Re:Think about all those poor bacteria! (4, Funny)

Mikkeles (698461) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249318)

I guess it could be called Occupy Crab Claw.

Re:Think about all those poor bacteria! (0, Offtopic)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249978)

ROFLMAO

On another forum, few years ago, some dude got all spiritual, telling us that he felt so close to God and nature, and yada yada yada, because he hadn't eaten meat in a long long time.

I replied in the same vein. I, however, felt all spiritual, and close to God and nature and yada yada yada because I had harvested my own meat, directly from the bounty of nature. That kinda ruined his holier-than-thou post. I felt soooooo bad about it - NOT!

As for those bacteria - fek 'em. If they don't want to be prey in the next lifetime, they better be really good prey in this lifetime. When they get enough karma, then they can go around eating the crabs, or whatever it is they would like to eat.

(Now, I'm wondering. Maybe that's why we have so many karma whores in slashdot? They hope to come back to eat - someone - in the next life?)

Re:Think about all those poor bacteria! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38251526)

Good anecdote.

Re:Think about all those poor bacteria! (1)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 2 years ago | (#38251544)

We're bred to be a tasty treat
with the taste that can't be beat
but while you're breding that tasty treat
you're breding yourself
to eat that treat.

Burma shave

Nature is brilliant (2)

tsa (15680) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249062)

I love reading about new, interesting species. Let's hope for the crabs that they have no commercial value...

Re:Nature is brilliant (2)

khipu (2511498) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249992)

Brilliant? No, it's just organisms desperate to survive and doing whatever it takes, even if it means eating crap off their own bodies.

Re:Nature is brilliant (2)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 2 years ago | (#38250254)

QI - Why it took 300 years to give the Giant Tortoise a scientific name. Hilarious. [youtube.com]

Re:Nature is brilliant (1)

magarity (164372) | more than 2 years ago | (#38250382)

I love reading about new, interesting species. Let's hope for the crabs that they have no commercial value...

Ugh - talk about "wash thoroughly before eating"...

If you think that's disgusting. (1)

fragfoo (2018548) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249084)

I have met a girl once who did the same on her toe nails.

Re:If you think that's disgusting. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38250472)

That depends on whether you "met" her in the Biblical sense. And just looking at you is probably bad enough that the two of you are even.

Significant Discovery (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249098)

Significant discovery, because the crab does not use the sun or any sun light based organism to survive. It opens doors to complex life on watery moons and planets with mild water volcanism.

Think of all the possible crab alien that evolved into complex societies !

~epSos.de

Re:Significant Discovery (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249282)

Zoidberg? Is that you?

Re:Significant Discovery (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249568)

People have already suggested the same thing based on hydrothermal vent [wikipedia.org] ecosystems. It would be awesome to find similarly based life on Enceladus [wikipedia.org] .

Yeti crabs? (4, Funny)

michelcolman (1208008) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249122)

I thought that was a sexually transmitted disease among abominable snowmen.

Re:Yeti crabs? (1)

LynnwoodRooster (966895) | more than 2 years ago | (#38250430)

Or snowomen, depending upon how you swing....

copyright infringement! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249232)

Richard Stallman should stop now that we know there is prior art.

In fact, I know some people who... (2, Funny)

TheTruthIs (2499862) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249310)

Do the same by not washing their hands before lunch, I'm sure this way they get some extras on their meal.

Re:In fact, I know some people who... (1)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | more than 2 years ago | (#38250602)

They get extra immunization. Dirty = healthy.

Wonderful, they're all over (2)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249460)

First I can't go skiing, now I can't go snorkeling in the Caribbean. Next thing you know there are going to be Amish Corn Yeti wanting a piece of my hide. Forget "All your base are belong to us," it's going to be "All your asses are belonging to Yetis." :(

New Species of Basement Dweller discovered (3, Funny)

Guppy (12314) | more than 2 years ago | (#38249728)

like-wringing-out-a-beard dept.

"In the deep basement off the coast of mom's house, scientists have found a species of neckbeard that cultivates gardens of bacteria on its facial hair, then eats them. ... The bristles that cover the neckbeard's facial hair and body are coated in gardens of symbiotic bacteria, which derive energy from Cheeto dust. The neckbeard eats the bacteria, using comb-like mouthparts to harvest them from its bristles."

Re:New Species of Basement Dweller discovered (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38250412)

Let me guess, you discovered this species in the mirror.

The ocean is amazing. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38249898)

There are so many amazing creatures in the ocean. The Pom Pom crab does something kind of similar, in that it actually carries around 2 anemones in it's claws and uses them to catch food with and to defend itself. It is not born with those anemones and actually has to find them. If it loses one it attempts to split the remaining one in two, something we still have trouble with. Very interesting creature!

Further reading -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lybia_edmondsoni
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=497+501+1474&pcatid=1474
http://www.aquariaworld.co.uk/invertebrates/boxer_crab.htm

Wow! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38250306)

Amazing! What will God think of next?

so... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38251524)

so this means it's adaptive behavior when I lick the spilled soup off my sleeve? ... I've said too much.

keyboard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38251806)

I do the same thing with my keyboard...

It's not quite ripe for feasting yet though.

Stallman did it first (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38253098)

The Darwinian Perspective (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38253732)

From a Darwinian perspective the ultimate question is how these crabs, deep in the recesses of the ocean, achieved a level of tool-using self-feeding technology previously observed only in scab and nose picking human children?

Are these crabs that advanced, or are we humans more natural than our Bible-stories assert us?

Gross (2)

tchdab1 (164848) | more than 2 years ago | (#38254902)

Somehow, this strikes me as the crab equivalent of surviving by picking your nose.

Intelligence (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 2 years ago | (#38264994)

They say animals have limited intelligence, yet for a crab to know to wave his hands up in the air like he just dont care because he knows it will get him better tasting bacteria...wow! Proof is in the pudding...

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