7-Foot NBA Star Names Shrimp Species

The retired Luc Longley pays $2,900 on eBay
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2009 1:35 PM CST
Luc Longley in his playing days, 2001.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The newest shrimp species in the world is Lebbeus clarehanna, courtesy of a man who knows nothing about being small—retired NBA star Luc Longley. The 7-foot Australian bought the rights to name the newly discovered species on eBay for $2,900 and named it after his daughter Clare Hanna, reports The Scientist.

"It was a total surprise that a basketballer would be interested in this little deep-sea shrimp,” says the shrimp's discoverer, who is donating the money to marine conservation efforts.

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