Hoff Crab + Tattoo = Awesomsauce

Remember the Hoff Crab?  You bet your bippy you do.  You can thank Nicolai Roterman for that.  Nicolai, a hydrothermal vent biologist and a member of the expedition that found this hairy crab, coined the name Hoff Crab while still on board.

To commemorate this very special event Nicolai’s sister watercolored the specimen caught on the SW Indian Ridge at 3000 meters depth.

This painting was the inspiration for a Nicolai’s recent tattoo.

We at DSN (and Southern Fried Science)  gladly welcome Nicolai into our nerdy, tattooed, awesome, and salty ranks. You can follow Nicolai on twitter at @Elpipster

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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