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Scientists discover 'shrimp' below Antarctic ice.

Summary: Scientists have discovered a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish deep beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet.

Scientists have discovered a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish deep beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet.

Six hundred feet below the ice where no light shines, scientists had thought nothing much more than a few microbes could exist.

But a Nasa team was surprised when they lowered a video camera to get the first long look at the underbelly of the ice sheet in Antarctica.

A curious shrimp-like creature came swimming by and then parked itself on the camera's cable. Scientists also pulled up a tentacle they believe came from a foot-long jellyfish.

Nasa ice scientist Robert Bindschadler, who will be presenting the initial findings and a video at an American Geophysical Union meeting on Wednesday said his team was operating on the presumption that nothing was living underneath the ice sheet.

"This is a higher life form, this is pretty far up the food chain and if it is swimming around that means that there is quite a lot of life at this location and that was a surprise," he said of the 3-inch-long, orange creature starring in their two-minute video.

The creature is not actually a shrimp, but a Lyssianasid amphipod, which is distantly related to shrimp.

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