10. Alex Rogers and crew

Discovery of new species in the Southern Ocean

Ghost octopus

This "ghost octopus" was also seen during the journey     Photo: Nerc Chesso Consortium

A professor of conservation biology at Oxford University, Rogers led a team that guided unmanned submarines 8,000 feet down to deep-sea vents along the Southern Ocean’s East Scotia Ridge. There, crowded at the 720-degree volcanic ducts, they found thousands of two-inch-long crabs that were new to science, as well as a new species of ghost octopus that feeds on the tiny crustaceans. Because of the crab’s hairy-looking chest, the team nicknamed it after former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff, who also had the honor of announcing the species to the world via Twitter: “It used to be a bad thing to have crabs! Allow me to introduce the newest crab to the planet … The Hoff Crab!”

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