Friday, June 08, 2012

Aquaman's Nightmare

Undersea "bug" is pretty destructive

Bathynomus is a creature from a science fiction film, a crustacean bigger than your foot that looks like it was designed specifically to give humans nightmares.  It turns out those super-sharp mandibles aren't just for food: they also satisfy whatever impulse it is that makes the creatures gnaw on rubber-coated power cables.  Scientists have caught these critters severing their connections to undersea camera experiments.  Why? Well, it could be something about the taste of rubber. Or it could be   they don't like us discovering their secret plan to rule the oceans...

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