A pretty cool little discovery! Amphipod hanging out down below 600 feet of ice in an isolated Antarctic basin. Is it lost?? What are you doing there amphipod!? Of course this begs the question of where the heck is it getting its food from? Vents under the ice? Plesiosaur falls from a lost world?
At a depth of 600 feet beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet, a small shrimp-like creature managed to brighten up an otherwise gray polar day in late November 2009. This critter is a three-inch long Lyssianasid amphipod found beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, about 12.5 miles away from open water. NASA scientists were using a borehole camera to look back up towards the ice surface when they spotted this pinkish-orange creature swimming beneath the ice. Credit: NASA