The Metallica deep-sea creatures have been discovered by scientists living off the coast of Hawaii, the crustaceans are a small alien-looking species that grow up to 6.5 millimeters and have been named after none other than the band.
The discovery was made by two doctors from Ghent University in Belgium, Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet.
The two doctors have dubbed the new half-inch-long crustacean that live about 13,500 feet under the ocean Macrostylis metallicola. Of course the name is a direct reference to Metallica, but the researchers have explained the real reason behind naming their discovery was mainly to raise awareness. Good job guys!
“We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean!” Wrote Metallica on Instagram to announce the news.
Welcome to our world Macrostylis metallicola!
First of all, stellar name Dr. Riehl. Second, what an honor! Not only did Dr. Riehn name his discovery after a band as he has been a fan since childhood, The Thing That Should Not Be has a few things in common with us. The worm-like creature dwells in complete darkness, has no eyes, and is colorless. Talk about Blackened! It also lives amongst metallic nodules containing cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, and rare-earth elements. So it basically lives in a rock stadium? Now that’s one metal crustacean!