Hydrothermal Vent Crabs (image) University of Wyoming Share Print E-Mail Caption Crabs inhabit this hydrothermal vent discovered on Pito Seamount in the Pacific Ocean. Shrimp, snails, Pompeii worms, small fish and bacteria also thrive in an environment where water, as hot as 370 degrees Centigrade, flows upward and emits from hollow chimneys that form a habitat for these biological communities. Credit Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Photo Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.