|Sea lice the size of a small rat. You may, and I did, pet it. Photo courtesy of our Chaplain - Jake Marvel.|
We concluded our tour with a visit to the aquatic lab in the basement. To our amazement the scientists down there have prepared a sub aquatic petting zoo for their guests. Inside were a collection of sea spiders, sea slugs, a giant (HUGE) sea lice the size of small rat, some shrimp, and a few small fish. I washed my hands, plunged them into the sub zero water, and let the orange sea spiders who are about 5 inches wide and three inches tall, crawl all over me. The gigantic sea lice hid... but I gave him a poke... for Texas.
|The Crary touch tank - photo courtesy of our Chaplain - Jake Marvel|
Our guide said that Antarctica boasts a wide range of sub aquatic creatures, such as that sea lice, that are many times larger than their warmer cousins. They are not sure if it is the lack of predators, or the large amount of oxygen in cold water, that is responsible for this trait.
I forgot my camera but asked some tour mates if they would send some pictures. If they do I will post them up.