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BrewstersTheory
April 20th, 2010, 12:44 AM
NASA Finds Shrimp-Like Creature, Jellyfish Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet:
'We Were Just Gaga Over It'

WASHINGTON In a surprising discovery about where higher life can thrive, scientists for the first time found a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish frolicking beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet.

Six hundred feet below the ice where no light shines, scientists had figured nothing much more than a few microbes could exist.

That's why a NASA team was surprised when they lowered a video camera to get the first long look at the underbelly of an ice sheet in Antarctica. A curious shrimp-like creature came swimming by and then parked itself on the camera's cable. Scientists also pulled up a tentacle they believe came from a foot-long jellyfish.

"We were operating on the presumption that nothing's there," said NASA ice scientist Robert Bindschadler, who will be presenting the initial findings and a video at an American Geophysical Union meeting Wednesday. "It was a shrimp you'd enjoy having on your plate." (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/15/nasa-finds-shrimp-like-cr_n_499155.html)

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