Scientists Find Crab Party

Here's an underwater sight that even surprised ocean scientists.

A research team was studying bio-diversity off the coast of Panama when they discovered thousands of red crabs, swarming in waters just above the sea floor.

These pictures were taking from inside a deep-water submersible vehicle. The crabs were gathering, more than 1,100 feet under water. They have been identified as a species that's normally found in the warmer waters off California.

Scientists say red crabs have never before been found this far south and say its possible low oxygen levels in the deep waters could protect the crabs from predators, allowing them to flourish. The research team plans to return to the area to continue studying the deep sea habitat.

Instructional Links

Website Article & Video: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Swarming Red Crabs Documented on Video

http://www.whoi.edu/news-release/swarming-red-crabs

Website Article: Ducksters, Geography for Kids, Panama

http://www.ducksters.com/geography/country.php?country=Panama

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