Yeti Crab

The yeti crab (Kiwa hirsuta), an unusual, hairy crab with no eyes, was discovered in 2005 on a hydrothermal vent near Easter Island. It represents not only a new species but also a new genus—Kiwa, after the mythological Polynesian goddess of shellfish. Learn more about the Census of Marine Life and see other species found during this 10-year project.

Credit: 

A. Fifis, Ifremer/ChEss, Census of Marine Life