Pink Floyd Just Had A New Shrimp Species Named After Them
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:57:39
How many bands can say they have had a shellfish named after them? Well now Pink Floyd can. A team of researchers from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History have long vowed that they would "honour" Pink Floyd if a new species of pink shrimp was found. Now, the opportunity has finally arisen and the species has been named synalpheus pinkfloydi.
As a species, the synalpheus pinkfloydi seems as if it evolved with the English rock band in mind. The shrimp uses its large pink claw to create a noise so loud that it can kill small fish. Could there be any shrimp species more perfect to be named after a band known for creating a 'wall' of sound?
Sammy De Grave, Head of research at the Museum of Natural History, said that his appreciation for Pink Floyd started way back in childhood, "I have been listening to Floyd since The Wall was released in 1979, when I was 14 years old," De Grave said. "The description of this new species of pistol shrimp was the perfect opportunity to finally give a nod to my favourite 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."
This isn't the first time De Grave has been inspired to name a shrimp species after a rock history. He previously named another species of shrimp Elephantis jaggerai — after Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
It seems like rock 'n' roll isn't just for hooligans anymore, even scientists are getting in on the sounds. And Floyd, who are well known for their crustiness, can finally say they're the briny-est band of all.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff