Even in more than 8,000 feet of water in the inhospitable conditions of the icy Southern Ocean, there's no escaping David Hasselhoff.


The former "Baywatch" star, known for proudly displaying his hairy chest while running in water, has been immortalized thanks to a new species of crab discovered in the Antarctic. Scientists studying hot deep-sea vents came upon massive populations of a type of yeti crab with an unusual amount of hair covering their bodies.  


It was "almost like a sight from another planet," expedition leader Alex Rogers, a professor of zoology at Oxford University, told Scientific American. According to the report, the new species of yeti has hair covering not only its claws and limbs, but also under its body. Such a find resulted in scientists naming it the "Hasselhoff Crab." 


With vents gushing water as hot as 721 degrees Fahrenheit, the area is a prime place for ocean-bottom dwellers to escape the normally freezing Southern Ocean temperatures. "We were completely blown away by what we found," professor Jon Copley told Live Science. "I've worked at vents in the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean, but these are the lushest, richest vents, in terms of life, that I've come across."


No word yet on "The Hoff's" reaction to receiving such an honor, but in case he's reading this and is somehow upset — take solace. Earlier this week, a new beetle was named after Robert Redford.  


Check out video of the new deep-sea vent discoveries below. 


Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Hairy 'Hasselhoff crab' discovered in Antarctic
New species, named after the former 'Baywatch' star, lives near deep-sea vents on the floor of the Southern Ocean.