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Terrifying Sea Critter Hauled from Ocean's Depths!

Post by J The Kidd on Sat Apr 03, 2010 3:29 pm




A submarine exploring the ocean's depths recently returned with an unexpected visitor: a crablike critter that has left many readers startled and horrified.

In a posting to social bookmarking site Reddit, a deep-sea technician detailed the finding, asking the site's readers to help identify what exactly the bizarre looking creature was.

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.

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Post by Johnnie Butters on Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:09 pm

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Post by Nygee on Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:07 am

can we say "boil some water, get out the butter, pass the cheddar buscuits and let's get down to bid'ness!" that shit look like it may taste hella good yo LOL

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Post by Johnnie Butters on Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:28 am

lol!
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Post by D.N.A. on Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:46 pm

wud u fight dat shit.. bear hands
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