Scientists find shrimp-like creature under Antarctic ice sheet

(15 Mar 2010)
Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf, Antarctica - December 2009
1. Shrimp-like creature swimming around camera cable inside bore hole
Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - 12 March 2010
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Robert Bindschadler, NASA Ice Scientist: (++AUDIO OVERLAID OVER PREVIOUS SHOT++)
"What the video shows is the view of the bottom of a bore hole through about a 200 metre thick ice shelf close to McMurdo Station. And so while we were looking at the video examining the hole, lo and behold this marine organism came swimming by. I called it a shrimp-like thingy, because I don''t know anything about marine biology. But it was just fascinating to see this amphipod, is what it''s actually, its proper name is, swimming around and being very curious, looking at the cable and we were all huddled around the monitor just fascinated with what we were seeing at the bottom of our hole. Well, when I showed this to a marine biologist she was quite surprised because we are a long way from the open ocean - about 20 miles (32 kilometres) - and this is a higher life form, this is pretty far up the food chain and if it is swimming around that means that there is quite a lot of life at this location and that was a surprise to us because it was a surprise to them. One of the funny things about this was that we were staring at it and it was probably, we had lots of questions in our mind and it probably had lots of questions in its mind. It probably was just swimming along and something new and different showed up in front of it and so it was extremely curious. It was swimming around and sitting on the cable and looking at it from every angle, going up and down and I''m sure this was a very interesting day in the life of that amphipod, as it was for us. Yeah, this was not the only indication of life there. We lowered this camera almost all the way to the seafloor, we didn''t have quite enough cable to go the full 800 metres (2624 feet), and when we pulled the cable up we also saw what looked like tentacles from a jellyfish attached to the cable. So, there is a lot of life down there and I think we don''t really know the first thing about it. It''s a entirely new frontier for us to explore."
Scientists have discovered a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish deep beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet.
Six hundred feet (180 metres) below the ice where no light shines, scientists had thought nothing much more than a few microbes could exist.
But a NASA team was surprised when they lowered a video camera to get the first long look at the underbelly of the 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.
NASA ice scientist Robert Bindschadler, who will be presenting the initial findings and a video at an American Geophysical Union meeting on Wednesday said his team was operating on the presumption that nothing was living underneath the ice sheet.
"This is a higher life form, this is pretty far up the food chain and if it is swimming around that means that there is quite a lot of life at this location and that was a surprise," he said of the 3-inch-long, orange creature starring in their two-minute video.
The creature is not actually a shrimp, but a Lyssianasid amphipod, which is distantly related to shrimp.
The video is likely to inspire experts to rethink what they know about life in harsh environments.
Ellis-Evans said it''s possible the creatures swam in from far away and don''t live there permanently.

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  1. Juliana Marie-Louise

    Juliana Marie-Louise

    Prije 14 sati

    Somebody come get 'er She dancing like a shripr

  2. djo lo

    djo lo

    Prije 17 sati

    shrimp: *doing a big succ on the cable* scientists: hmmm.... interesting

  3. Jack Dud

    Jack Dud

    Prije 2 dana

    He was just following proper decompression procedures

  4. Omar Shabib

    Omar Shabib

    Prije 3 dana

    Lil nas x shrimp

  5. Fahad Ashraf

    Fahad Ashraf

    Prije 3 dana

    At first I thought there were Chimps down there

  6. Orkistis Assassínon

    Orkistis Assassínon

    Prije 4 dana

    New specie?

  7. David Plenderleith

    David Plenderleith

    Prije 6 dana

    I found a hole today, Don’t know where it came from, I’m still looking into it

  8. greenbluesea_day mail

    greenbluesea_day mail

    Prije 7 dana

    Humans: let’s dig into the Antarctic ground Aliens: let’s send a microchip shrimp on the surface.



    Prije 7 dana

    It seems like a little alien

  10. Emmanuel García Rojas

    Emmanuel García Rojas

    Prije 10 dana

    ㄷ 기자 가수 이효리가 남편 시어머니 등 다양한

  11. Eric Schuh

    Eric Schuh

    Prije 10 dana

    But why does the ice look like that?

  12. Julius Berten

    Julius Berten

    Prije 10 dana

    I like to imagine that this specific species has never been discovered before and now its biological name will forever be shrimp like thingy

  13. David Blake

    David Blake

    Prije 11 dana

    We are blessed by the gods with this knowledge.

  14. Matt


    Prije 11 dana

    🍤 GANG WYA??! 😤

  15. Hong Meiling

    Hong Meiling

    Prije 11 dana

    When the scientist put the cable on the hole. Shrimp-like creature : Oooooh wow! Wtf is this?

  16. fyrstikken


    Prije 13 dana

    They got Shrimps, lets go people. A new world!

  17. Jacopo Maria Gentile

    Jacopo Maria Gentile

    Prije 14 dana

    thet found a migo nice

  18. Freddy Pedraza

    Freddy Pedraza

    Prije 15 dana

    Penguins: we don't know what it is but we wants

  19. Derikimi


    Prije 16 dana

    Is it alone?

  20. Dark Forest

    Dark Forest

    Prije 16 dana

    Just Google it: "Case closed in 3034"

  21. SmolTaco


    Prije 16 dana

    Biology tests in a nutshell: 0:19

  22. жызгылдыз армандерян

    жызгылдыз армандерян

    Prije 16 dana

    His voice sounds like Techoblade's

  23. Epic Gamer

    Epic Gamer

    Prije 17 dana

    arctic guardian

  24. SpecterX


    Prije 18 dana

    But why is it SO damn cute

  25. Franky is busy

    Franky is busy

    Prije 18 dana

    in short, they found it cute

  26. Andrea Fiore

    Andrea Fiore

    Prije 19 dana

    That shrimp is probably more surprised than we are

  27. A YouTube Channel

    A YouTube Channel

    Prije 20 dana

    That ice is so T H I C C

  28. Doroti Strasszer

    Doroti Strasszer

    Prije 21 dan


  29. Dante GZ

    Dante GZ

    Prije 21 dan

    This gives the same energy as the guy who ended in the twelfth plane of torment on his way to the kitchen

  30. Nogardtist


    Prije 24 dana

    well theres a theory that theres life under the antarctic ice probably similar possibility to jupiters moon europa where life exists under the massive layer of ice but having tons of life in the sunless abyss

  31. That_One_Weeb 21

    That_One_Weeb 21

    Prije 24 dana

    I dont like the term “ shrimp - *like* “

  32. Gameday Swede

    Gameday Swede

    Prije 24 dana

    Alien for sure!

  33. WePlayTogether


    Prije 26 dana

    Thats the flood

  34. まてちゃ🧉


    Prije 28 dana


  35. Radical Gear

    Radical Gear

    Prije 28 dana

    Amphipod? Edit: yup I rewatched with the volume on and he says it a few times. They’re rad and there’s a lot different ones. The phronima is a cool one for sure. Looks gnarly.

  36. Wasted Shin

    Wasted Shin

    Prije 29 dana

    Entire retard comment section: shrimp like thingy

  37. Ishtiaque Khan

    Ishtiaque Khan

    Prije 29 dana


  38. blood and guts

    blood and guts

    Prije 29 dana

    What's that black layering as if it's ice cream? I'd imagine the machine that bored into the hole left that pattern, and they're not naturally occurring?

  39. Shamila Shoukath ali

    Shamila Shoukath ali

    Prije mjesec

    Bro you need to learn how to do a great edit

  40. itsnotmeitshim


    Prije mjesec

    murderers, you pulled off a jelly fishes testicals!!

  41. Vain Moo

    Vain Moo

    Prije mjesec

    And the little shrimp call us Monkey Like Thingy.

  42. glossom hyper

    glossom hyper

    Prije mjesec

    my question is, what are those net looking thingies?

  43. The Pudge

    The Pudge

    Prije mjesec

    Ya can’t believe you were able to find such a high life form looks, he tops the food chain for sure.

  44. jake lencher

    jake lencher

    Prije mjesec

    the way it curls up looks like a shrimp, the way it swims looks like a shrimp, it has a little horn on its head like a shrimp..... its a shrimp.

  45. ginnundso


    Prije mjesec


  46. Bellpepper


    Prije mjesec

    Lil shrimpy boi was looking at his reflection in the ice wall, cutest little amphropod

  47. Froggy Boi

    Froggy Boi

    Prije mjesec

    I find the ocean super cool and interesting but I also am deeply afraid of it so when the camera kept going down I was starting to panic bc ITS SO DARK



    Prije mjesec

    Red lobster 🦞 menu bout to get a update 😋

  49. Brandon Burt

    Brandon Burt

    Prije mjesec


  50. Rider bunny

    Rider bunny

    Prije mjesec

    This is one of the ghost of shrimp

  51. SynTaco


    Prije mjesec

    I guess that is part of the 0.01% of Gawr Gura fan

  52. XENSHiN


    Prije mjesec


  53. Dan D

    Dan D

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    the russians have been doing this for years so the credit goes to them

  54. The Giant Mollusk

    The Giant Mollusk

    Prije 2 mjeseci


  55. Artanis Fist

    Artanis Fist

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    Computer graphics animation there so much fakery now a days

  56. West Australia

    West Australia

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    China: We eat all now

  57. Mx Es

    Mx Es

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    "this is a higher lifeform" KNEEL BEFORE YOUR ARCTIC SHRIMP GOD

  58. Ernesto Marrero

    Ernesto Marrero

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    Fake: that is clearly a chain-linked fence area. Goddamn shrimp thingy farms

  59. k r y s t a l

    k r y s t a l

    Prije 2 mjeseci

    1:38 ☺

  60. CAS


    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Kill it with fire!

  61. a man of culture

    a man of culture

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    I know what it is It is the SIMP

  62. That Weeb

    That Weeb

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    This really be on my recommendations after 5 yearz

  63. Velociraptor


    Prije 3 mjeseci

    A n o m a l o c a r i s

  64. Ko Hunji

    Ko Hunji

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    The way this man describes it sounds like he hasn't seen any other life forms other than himself on the mirror 😆 I don't know... something about his tone.

  65. Peepo Sad

    Peepo Sad

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    That shrimp be brighter then my future! Like damn

  66. Joseph Joestar

    Joseph Joestar

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    He went back and told the mermaids to go deeper

  67. Normal_Russian_Fox.mp4


    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Does this hole set off anybody else's trypophobia?

  68. Bum Bum

    Bum Bum

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    The shrimp be like :0

  69. Apelsenya


    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Go to my channel and click on ”about channel” ;D

  70. Ciel Phantomhive

    Ciel Phantomhive

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    that's a shrimp why is that Suprising it's a food

  71. Xx Wolfey xX

    Xx Wolfey xX

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    I saw it, and I was like, is this the thing, I thought it was gonna be a huge monster shrimp 🦐

  72. Cyberツ


    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Anyone in 2021

  73. Jonathan Payeur

    Jonathan Payeur

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Don’t dig in Antartica! You haven’t see The Thing!?

  74. Phia


    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Thank you, HRgreen recommendations

  75. Drip Monke Kong

    Drip Monke Kong

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    if it's over a minute It's bad if it's interesting It's allowed

  76. Jossue Portillo

    Jossue Portillo

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    His name is mark

  77. guy sumpthin

    guy sumpthin

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Remember it gets warmer close to magma

  78. John Edward

    John Edward

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Imagine living your whole life in solitude just to be called a shrimp like thingy by the first thing that sees you.

  79. Stkmup22 Z

    Stkmup22 Z

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Wow, probably an alien.

  80. Ernest Pennysworth

    Ernest Pennysworth

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    What are all those black vein like things

  81. Savannah -The pebble

    Savannah -The pebble

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    the shrimp like thingy: coralline tunnel?

  82. jadon joshua

    jadon joshua

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    This is not space guys. There are plenty of shrimp in Antarctica.

  83. Green crewmate

    Green crewmate

    Prije 3 mjeseci


  84. Lowkey Hyped

    Lowkey Hyped

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Gawr gura when looking at her chat

  85. Squirrel Killa

    Squirrel Killa

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Yeah, but the ice doesn't go all the way to the bottom of the sea right there, so that could have came up from under the sheet. Doesn't mean anything

  86. Thomas Arashikage

    Thomas Arashikage

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Did anyone else notice the thing that was peaking at the bottom of the hole

  87. Chris Heckert

    Chris Heckert

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    1000 Shrimp Like Thingys dislike this video for racial profiling. Also... Give that jellyfish back its arm bruh

  88. Outlaw Garage Kyiv

    Outlaw Garage Kyiv

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    *Sometimes I find shrimp-like creatures in my garage.*

  89. ade rahmat

    ade rahmat

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    I need that shrimp for my aquascape

  90. Fire Snake56

    Fire Snake56

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Taste test?

  91. Connie Archer

    Connie Archer

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Scientific Name is Stingy Kilimerius🍤

  92. Layne Bradbury

    Layne Bradbury

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    No one gonna talk about how it is so small and cute but also pole dancing while drunk

  93. Raidz


    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Meow meow

  94. Annie Ayotte

    Annie Ayotte

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    im just imagining a bunch of scientists huddling around a computer screen absolutely intrigued at this little shrimp thingy

  95. Lauren Salley

    Lauren Salley

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    HRgreen algorithm 2015: not yet 2016: still not yet 2017: not quite yet 2018: hang on a while longer 2019: almost 2020: ehhh nope 2021: NOW NOW FIRE NOW

  96. Ted Bundy

    Ted Bundy

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    You’re welcome.

  97. Private_Ryan1


    Prije 3 mjeseci

    it's proper name is John

  98. The True Watch inside now

    The True Watch inside now

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    The shrimp 🦐 was practicing Pole dance 😬

  99. Slap-moore Cheeks

    Slap-moore Cheeks

    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Did the cook it up with soy sauce and chilli powder??

  100. Keedo


    Prije 3 mjeseci

    Fun fact: Somebody is gonna say something about HRgreen’s recommendations