Vent Fauna of the Antartic

Hydrothermal vents, the somewhat alien worlds found deep beneath the Earth’s oceans are home to remarkable creatures. From vent worms 2 meters long (that have blood much like our own) to tiny shrimp that live in a narrow habitat with boiling water on one side and slightly above freezing on the other. Hydrothermal vents are …

Anomala-what? Anomalocaris of course.

Originally found in the Burgess Shale formation (if you are unfamiliar, it’s definitely worth reading about: Burgess Shale Wiki Page), anomalocaris had truly spectacular eyes, with more than 16,000 lenses. It seems only dragonflies have more, an astounding 28,000! Growing to more than a meter in length these “irregular shrimp” were quite fearsome predators. Perhaps …