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News of the Day: Crab Eats Trees

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(Describer) In sepia tones, under a round logo of a wave, title: Ocean Today.

(Describer) In an animation, a spinning newspaper has the title "Ocean Today News."

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(male announcer) It's your news of the day. Bringing some of the latest ocean headlines from around the world.

(Describer) One headline: Deep-Sea Crab Eats Trees!

By golly, you'll never believe it. In the deep ocean, a species of crab eats trees. Scientists have identified this crustacean as Munidopsis andamanica. Try saying that three times fast. You can call it a galatheid crab or squat lobster. The creature feasts on wood that has sunk. Meals come from coastline trees that have fallen into the sea or the occasional shipwreck. My, how tasty! This discovery is helping scientists learn about animals colonizing deep-sea wood. They say natural tree debris makes a significant contribution to life in the deep sea, thus answering the question, "If a tree falls in the ocean, is there anyone to eat it?" And that's your news of the day.

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Scientists have identified a crustacean that likes to feast on wood. The squat lobster scavenges for fallen trees and even the occasional shipwreck. This discovery is helping scientists learn more about animals colonizing the deep sea. Part of the "News of the Day" series.

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