USM's Gulf Coast Research Lab studying oil spill impact, WLOX, November 3, 2010:
"From the trapping survey, we found a less healthy population. They were dead, most of them were dead when they arrived at the surface. They had enough energy to get in the trap and normally they will survive that trip from the bottom to the surface. We found fewer numbers and at one of our productive sites, we didn't find any red crabs," [Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Researcher Harriet Perry has been studying red crabs since the 1980's] said.
Perhaps more unusual than the absence of crabs, was the abundance of another species.
"This is the deep sea isopod, bathenomis," Perry said, while holding one of the strange looking creatures, "And it is replacing red crabs in the habitat we have sampled so far."
This bizarre looking creature, with a face like Darth Vader, has always been there though little is known about it.
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