Researchers Find Surprise Under Ice

UNL scientists and engineers were involved in a stellar discovery on the bottom of the earth that's just now seeing the light of day.

They found it beneath Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf.

The discovery came to light when they sent a camera-equipped robot to explore beneath the ice and that camera wound up capturing thousands of glowing sea anemones burrowed into the underside of the ice.

The discovery was actually made three years ago but it’s just now becoming public.

And as if anemone isn’t enough of a tongue-defying challenge, these are formally known as Edwardsiella Andrillae.

The anemones measure less than an inch long when they are contracted. Each has 20 to 24 tentacles.

The team was able to stun them using hot water to retrieve them from their burrows. They were removed for preservation and further study. It is unknown how they survive without freezing and how they reproduce.

The discovery team included Bob Zook, Paul Mahececk and Dustin Carroll.

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