The rule of nature is if you discover something, you are entitled to name it. Well, Pink Floyd fans, you can thank these prog rock-loving scientists for we finally now have a species named after your favorite band.
Who's the guy? Name's Sammy De Grave, the Head of Research at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and is a lifelong fan of such British band. "I have been listening to Floyd since The Wall
was released in 1979, when I was 14 years old. I've seen them play live several times since, including the Hyde Park reunion gig for Live 8 in 2005,” he said. "The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favorite band. We are all Pink Floyd fans, and we always said if we would find a pink one, a new species of pink shrimp, we would name it after Pink Floyd."
What's this species anyway? And what's so special about it? To start with, this newly discoverd pink shrimp now called Synalpheus pinkfloydi
can be found in the tropical eastern Pacific according to Zootaxa journal. Thing is, it has a large claw that when snapped, can make an enormously loud sound that's up to 210 decibels. By the way if you're not familiar with sounds, 210 decibels is louder than a shotgun firing (130 decibels) and a banging rock concert (110 to 140 decibels)!
According to a press release
, the shrimp is able to generate this formidable sound by "closing its enlarged claw at rapid speed," thereby creating "a high-pressure cavitation bubble, the implosion of which results in one of the loudest sounds in the ocean." So loud that it can stun or even kill a small fish!
With that I guess the creature truly gives justice to its name. The pink color, one-of-a-kind sound with a dark side; to call it after Pink Floyd is just perfect.