A freshly discovered deap-sea creature named after Metallica
Metallica Band Photo: Jeff Yeager

Metallica has inspired the naming of a freshly discovered deep-sea crustacean. The band also announced that on their Instagram account.

A few days ago, one article was published by Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet from Ghent University in Belgium. These two researchers found and named Macrostylis Metallicola is a tiny worm-like creature that grows up to 6.5 millimeters long and inhabits the Clarion Clipperton Zone, a submarine region between Hawaii and Mexico, at depths. On there, the pressure is equivalent to 400 times that of the atmosphere.

Here’s the Metallica wrote this on their social media account: 

“We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean! Senckenberg researcher Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet of Ghent University in Belgium have discovered a new crustacean species in the depths of the northern Pacifica Ocean and decided to name it after some rock band…  Welcome to our world Macrostylis metallicola!”

They also continued with: 

“First of all, the stellar name Dr. Riehl. Second, what an honor! Not only did Dr. Riehn name his discovery after a band as he has been a fan since childhood, ‘The Thing That Should Not Be’ also has a few things in common with us. 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!”

Metallica shared this research on their social media account. Check out Metallica’s Instagram post below.

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We’ve played on all seven continents, made it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now… we’re a crustacean! Senckenberg researcher Dr. Torben Riehl and Dr. Bart De Smet of Ghent University in Belgium have discovered a new crustacean species in the depths of the northern Pacifica Ocean and decided to name it after some rock band… Welcome to our world Macrostylis metallicola! First of all, stellar name Dr. Riehl. Second, what an honor! Not only did Dr. Riehn name his discovery after a band as he has been a fan since childhood, The Thing That Should Not Be has a few things in common with us. 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! You just never know what you’ll find lurking beneath the sea. Art by @anyfranksz

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