New strawberry-like crab species is found in Taiwan

by Lindsay Barnett, L.A. Unleashed -- A marine biology professor at National Taiwan Ocean University says his scientific team has discovered a previously unknown -- and bizarre -- species of crab that looks alarmingly like an aquatic strawberry. (For our money, it actually looks a bit more like Nintendo's Super Mushroom -- but hey, that's just us.)

The team, led by professor Ho Ping-ho, was conducting research at Taiwan's Kenting National Park in June to determine the environmental impact of an oil spill there when they happened upon two of the unusual crabs. "Luckily the oil leak from the shipwreck was not serious, otherwise the two crabs might have been polluted and escaped our eyes," Ho told Agence France-Presse of the discovery.

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