Anew crustacean found in the deep ocean waters is called Macrostylis metallicola , in reference and honor to Metallica .
According to Phys.org , the crustacean was discovered by Dr. Torben Riehl of the Frankfurt Natural History Institute and Dr. Bart De Smet of the University of Ghent in Belgium . Riehl’s love for the metal band was the reason for the name of the creature.
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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
Macrostylis metallicola was discovered in the abysmal zone of the north Pacific while scientists were conducting an environmental investigation in the area.
— TorbenRiehl (@TorbenRiehl) February 27, 2020
Metallica has recognized his joy for the honor in an Instagram post: “We have played on all seven continents, we entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now … we are a crustacean!”