Wednesday, 17 March 2010 01:38
The results of their mission produced the first-ever photograph of the underside of an ice shelf.
In fact, the orangish-colored creature swam to the camera, and clung to the cable of the camera system, for a close-up look at the strange-looking apparatus.
When they retrieved the camera system, they also found a long tentacle possibly from a jelly fish that is thought to have been about one foot in length.
To say the least, the NASA scientists were quite surprised. And, their amazement at such a discovery is spreading throughout the scientific community.
Now, scientists have for the first time found a higher form of life, specifically the "Lyssianasid amphidod," living (and surviving quite well) underneath a large Antarctic ice sheet.
Dr. Bindschadler exclaimed in the March 15, 2010 Associated Press article “NASA finds shrimp dinner on ice beneath Antarctica”, "We were operating on the presumption that nothing's there…. It was a shrimp you'd enjoy having on your plate…. "We were just gaga over it."
A descriptive picture of the shrimp-like creature and the video camera system underneath the ice sheet is found at the AP webpage “Lyssianasid amphipod and video camera.”