Deep-Sea Creature Named After Metallica

Metallcia Crust

It lives 16,000ft below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. It's a tiny crustacean and it's been named after Metallica. 

Macrostylis metallicola is a tiny worm-like creature that lives surrounded by metal balls in the depths of the Pacific. 

It was named after the band because of the presence of metallic nodules in its habitat.

It lives in absolute darkness without eyes. The Metallica song "One" comes to mind. "Darkness, imprisoning me!" 

Read more about Macrostylis metallicola here:

Metallica is not the first band to have a species named after it. Dave Mustaine of Megadeth has a tarantula named after him and Ozzy Osbourne has a frog named after him. 


Metallica wrote this on their Facebook page:

We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean! Senckenberg researcher Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet of Ghent University in Belgium have discovered a new crustacean species in the depths of the northern Pacifica Ocean and decided to name it after some rock band… 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!

You just never know what you’ll find “lurking beneath the sea.”

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