New Underwater Species Named After Metallica

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A team of European scientists has discovered a new species of deep-sea crustacean and named it after Metallica, according to a post from the band on Instagram last Thursday (February 27th).

The group shared an artists’ rendering of the creature, which is now officially known as “Macrostylis metallicola.” The band wrote in an accompanying caption, “We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean!”

According to the band, the creature was discovered deep in the northern Pacific Ocean by Dr. Torben Riehl of the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany and Dr. Bart De Smet of Ghent University in Belgium.

Riehl selected the name because he was a lifelong Metallica fan, with the creature also nicknamed “The Thing That Should Not Be” after Metallica's 1986 song about Lovecraftian monsters rising from the deep.

Metallica added, “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!”