Dinochelus ausubeli, Ausubel's Mighty Claws Lobster, new species (1)

Photo: Tin-Yam Chan/COMARGE Census of Marine Life

Habitat: Philippine Sea
Status: Not Evaluated

You really never know what you’re going to find when you enter the ocean’s depths. This incredible creature was discovered during a 2007¬†Census of Marine Life expedition which aimed to discover more of the world’s sea creatures. Little did they know that they would dredge up this tiny monster-clawed creature.

They named it Ausubel’s Mighty Claws Lobster¬†and its scientific name, Dinochelus ausubeli, appropriately means “terrible claw.” The lobster was discovered about 300 meters (984 feet) deep but oddly enough it had rather well-developed eyes. Maybe it wants to be able to see exactly how it terrifies the bajeezes out of other sea creatures it encounters. Although, at only 3cm in length, its toothed claws might be the only intimidating thing going for this guy.

Dinochelus ausubeli, Ausubel's Mighty Claws Lobster, new species (2)

Photo: Tin-Yam Chan/COMARGE Census of Marine Life