Giant amphipods more than a foot long were found by scientists in waters north of New Zealand.
The crustaceans were seen more than four miles deep into the Kermadec Trench by a group of scientists from the University of Aberdeen. An average deep sea amphipod is around 2-3 cm long and while some larger ones are found in Antarctic waters, these are about 28 to 34 cm long. Amphipods resemble shrimp and are an important source of food for most fish, marine birds and even larger cetaceans. They are sometimes called the "insects of the sea." These supergiant amphipods were first discovered in 1899 and have been rarely seen since then making this catch a special sight for the scientists.