I love research!!!
Don't worry, while I was there I also looked for my little crustacean friends! First, along for the trip with me was a fellow crab lover:
Dr. Jodi Pirtle researched red king crab for her PhD!
Jodi was doing really awesome work with mapping the seafloor. Another researcher shared this special little find with me:
I'm not sure what kind of crab it is. We were trawling off of Kodiak, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was a little king crab, but I honestly don't know. Any guesses?
I didn't mind touching that little angel, but this next thing took some mental pep talks to actually handle:
yes, I touched that
(the board is in centimeters, so this gal was 43 mm long!)
(see this post for why I don't like isopods)