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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by StarShip2100, Mar 30, 2010.
On a deep sea survey rover
Looks like "don't ask, don't look, don't touch, don't tell" applies here!
You're gonna need more cocktail sauce.
I hear those are Japanese delicacies.
Can I breed those in my reef aquarium?
Kill it with fire!
Mmmm... gimmie a little of this
And one of these:
With some corn, garlic, potatoes, mushrooms, and lemons in there and we got ourselves a party.. Nom nom nom nom
Oh and beer... lots of cold beer.
it's 2.5 feet long! It won't fit in my boil pot
Take off an nuke the site from orbit!!!!!
Wow, that would be the ultimate "Hey, guess what I got behind my back!" prank!
Isn't that called a slipper shrimp or something like that?
Looks like a creature from District 9
All right, I give...WHAT THE HADES IS THAT THING ? ! ?
Aaiiiiiieeee am out ........
Looks like a darn cockroach on steroids.
I am afraid to ask how big that thing is.
The post reads, "I work for a Sub-sea Survey Company, recently this beast came up attached to one of our ROVs. It measures a wee bit over 2.5 feet head to tail, and we expect it latched onto the ROV at roughly 8,500 feet depth. Unfortunately, the e-mail that these pictures were attached to came from a contractor, and the ship he was operating from (and therefore location) is unknown, so I can't tell you what part of the Earth this beast was living."
The pictures reveal the creature to be a giant isopod, a large crustacean that dwells in deep Atlantic and Pacific waters. This particular creature is a Bathynomus giganteus, a deep-sea scavenger that feeds on dead whales, fish and squid.
Scientists have long remarked on the massive scale of this creature. C.R. McClain wrote on ScienceBlogs explained one theory for the size, that "deep-sea gigantism, for all crustaceans, is a consequence of larger cells sizes obtained under cold temperatures," citing a research paper from 1996.
The 10-year Census of Marine Life plumbs the depths of the ocean, recently turning up a variety of outlandish deep-sea life.
Stunning images of the astonishingly rich and unusual variety of life in Antarctica's waters, from the British Antarctic Survey.
He also speculated that "in crustaceans, bathymetric gigantism may also in part reflect decreases in temperature leading to longer lifespans and thus larger sizes in indeterminate growers."
Responses to the original post ranged from the curious to the horrified.
One reader notes the connection between the isopod and a more familiar household pest: "The giant isopod is related to the "woodlouse"-- turns out this is the common bug that I grew up calling a "roly poly" or pillbug. Neat!"
Better call Ripley.
I'm getting seizures looking at that thing
is it TASTY?
Looks like dinner.