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Spider crabs usually keep to themselves, but one underwater scuttler was more curious than most.

Filmed by Melbourne marine photographer PT Hirschfield, who uploads to YouTube under the moniker Pink Tank Scuba, a new video shows a cast of spider crabs casually making their way across the sea bed in Port Phillip, Australia.

One curious crab noticed the camera and went in for a closer look, scuttling toward the lens and eventually grabbing a (tender, tender) hold of it, before wandering off.

It’s a fascinating and highly detailed look at the spider crab, including its little crabby face and curiously skeletal underbelly. Hirschfield told Storyful that she finds spider crabs “truly sweet and gentle souls.” Read more…

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It's 2017 and it turns out there *are* still more fish in the sea

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In 2015, researchers discovered a new species of seadragon, a kind of marine fish related to pipefish and seahorses.

Josefin Stiller, a graduate student at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego discovered the little ruby friend, dubbed the “Ruby Seadragon” by analyzing the DNA of preserved specimens.

Until now, no one has ever seen the shy ocean creature alive in the water. The only specimens studied have washed up on shores or been preserved in museum collections. 

Researchers traveled to beaches on Australia’s remote west coast to find the Ruby Seadragon.  Read more…

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