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Pink Floyd Gets A Loud Shrimp Species Named After Them Because The Ocean Needs More Classic Rock

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You can get stars named after you. You can get cities and streets named after you. You can name your babies after you (hey, George Foreman). But it’s not too often that your name gets designated to a new shrimp species. Even though psych rock classic Pink Floyd already have a long-lasting legacy, one scientist decided to get a badass prawn to carry on their name.

The shrimp, which is known to kill fish merely by snapping its jaw and making a dangerously loud noise, is now called Synalpheus pinkfloydi, according to NPR. The little guy can generate frequencies up to 210 decibels, louder than Pink Floyd could ever be.

The name comes from Dr. Sammy DeGrave, head of research at Oxford University Museum of National History, who was inspired by the shrimp’s pink color and the band’s song “Have A Cigar”: “The reference is to the line, ‘By the way, which one of you is Pink?'” DeGrave told NPR. “The story is when Pink Floyd first went to America, people thought one of the band members was actually named Pink. A reporter asked, ‘Which one of you is Pink?” so that’s what stuck in our mind and that’s where [the name] came from.”

Apparently, this isn’t the first time that DeGrave and his scientist buddies have named a shrimp after a band — there’s also Elephantis Jaggerai, after Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Now can someone get me a shrimp? Emilee Lindnerai please.

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