It all started when Anna McCallum, now a doctoral student at the University of Melbourne, discovered a previously unknown shrimp while working as an assistant on a research boat. Instead of naming it herself, she decided to auction the right to name the shrimp on eBay and donate the proceeds to the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
The bidding got hot and heavy with sea-life lovers like Bob Rosenberry, publisher of Shrimp News International, bidding up to $2,000. Still, the winning bid of $2,900 came as a shock.
“It was a total surprise that a basketballer would be interested in this little deep-sea shrimp,” McCallum told The Scientist.
Longley, who had participated in marine conservation efforts before, named the shrimp Lebbeus clarehanna after his 15-year-old daughter, Clare Hanna Longley.
The auction took place in March, and the description and name of the shrimp appeared in a recent issue of Zootaxa.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Luc Longley's Shrimp
Former Knick Luc Longley successfully bid on the right to name a newly discovered species of shrimp in Australia.
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