New creature found under Antarctic ice

Six
hundred feet below the Antarctic ice, where no light can be found, NASA
scientists made a startling discovery – a swimming shrimp-like creature that
could challenge the idea of where and how forms of life can survive.

While
the creature is small itself -– only about three inches long -– its impact
could be tremendous.

A
NASA team had lowered a small video camera to get the first-ever photograph of
the underside of an ice shelf – and that’s when they saw the swimming creature,
according to a NASA document.

The
discovery could shake the very foundation of what kind of creatures can survive
in certain atmospheres.

“We
were operating on the presumption that nothing’s there,” NASA ice scientist
Robert Bindschadler said.

 “It was a shrimp you’d enjoy having on
your plate.”

“We
were just gaga over it” he said.

The
creature, a Lyssianasid amphipod, could lead the way for larger expeditions
into harsher environments that scientists previously believed could not support
life – both on the Earth and even frozen moons in outer space.

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