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by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals.

Like something out of a horror movie, pics of a giant 2.5 foot isopod surfaced on Reddit today. The giant sea bug was found attached to a robotic submersible at a depth of 8,500ft.. They’re apparently quite abundant in the cold, dark waters of the Atlantic where they scavenge for food. Another scary angle after the fold below.

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Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • Rad_Rosa

    Whoa that’s really awesome!!
    Let’s hope fishermen don’t start fishing for these creatures aswell.

  • http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com Kathy Patalsky

    oh my goodness!!! yikes. I hope they threw him back in!

    • From MN, with hope…

      The change in water pressure probably killed it before it got to the surface. Plus it would take several hours to fall back down, so it would die anyways unfortunately. Latching onto that sub was the last thing that creature ever did.

      • T.

        Many deep sea creatures do NOT have a swim bladder. Whales dive up t a mile and resurface quickly no problem, same with many seals , well nearly a mile..

        Please explain to us all why you don’t see crabs and other crustaceans, dying when they surface from great depths of the sea?

        Yes crabs and many other things do die eventually from the change as it does neurological damage, at the cellular level..

        There are more than a few non pressurized tanks, above sea level, with living specimens of these creatures right now.

        Your comment is old it is very misleading and that is just wrong to misinform people.

        If you have not done the research, keeping quiet is the best choice , always.

  • don miguelo

    The only thing scarier than this pic is the words “Quite Abundant” underneath it. *shivers…

  • Vanessa

    Holy…if that thing were ever near me, I think I’d have a heart attack! OMG.

  • Don Drennon

    Wow.

    However: Photography FAIL. Please include something to reference size.

  • Mike Ogilvie

    So did it just decide to tag along to see what was “up there” or did it somehow get caught on the submarine? Weird.

  • Rob

    Looks like a woodlouse!

    • Pat

      It basically is a woodlouse. They are both Isopods…

  • Rich

    Early April fools?

    • http://www.discountedcellularphones.com Discounted Cell Phones

      I’m with you. I think they thought it was tomorrow.

  • http://www.veganjapan.net herwin

    what about some whaling comments ? where is computervirus DDPalmer ?

    • Michael Raymer

      He’s at his local seafood joint, asking if it’s on the menu yet.

      • http://www.veganjapan.net herwin

        he is back . :-P

      • http://www.veganjapan.net herwin

        and he talks about whaling ! i told you so, that creep would be back talking about whaling.

      • http://www.veganjapan.net herwin

        and he is talking to himself and so frustrated that nobody talks to him that he creates a “flipper” and an “abe”. What a looser. seems like the more he is ignored, the wackier he gets.

      • Abe

        Ddpalmer did not create me, my parents did. The true loser on this board is the Herminator. Is it weird that when I read his comments, Stewie from the Family Guy is his voice?

    • Abe

      I think “herwin” is Japanese for douchebag, it might lose something in translation though.

  • Steph

    This was a scary thing to see first thing in the morning. Wow….

  • Sagebrush

    I wonder what they taste like…

    • james

      eeew eating tht , its like a big roach lol !!

  • From MN, with hope…

    Oh gracious, I’ve been having nightmares since I saw the thing. ‘More abundant’ is bad, but the size is worse to me. Not really nightmares though, because I imagine them in the daytime, when my mind wanders. No idea why I find this so creepy…

  • ibgeekn

    Your size reference is the colored handles on the operation controls. those are normally 6 to 8 inches long. Lay them end to end and you can get the 2.5 feet they talk about.
    Since these do grow to the 1 foot mark normally, this size would be within reason. As humans we can range from 5 to 7 feet tall and still be called normal. That’s quite a range.

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  • Jerry

    Wonder what good its’ eye do. I think it’s awsome, really prehitoric looking and just plain beautiful!

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  • Georgy

    I doubt this pic is authentic. If it was dredged up at 8500m, then it was obviously used to living at the amount of water pressure. Bought to the surface with no pressure at all, this things internals should have literally ‘fallen off the bone’.

    • T.

      Your comment is based on what you imagine that you know, which you do not know.
      Many deep sea creatures do NOT have a swim bladder. Your comment is ridiculous, as well as untrue.
      Whales dive up t a mile and resurface quickly no problem, same with many seals , well nearly a mile..

      Please explain to us all why you don’t see crabs and other crustaceans, etc. all with their internals “falling off the bone” (sic) as you say….

      Yes crabs and many other things do die eventually from the change doing neurological damage, but to say what you did and act as if it is true or that you know of what you speak… is a disgrace.

      There are more than a few non pressurized tanks, above sea level, with living specimens of these creatures right now.
      Though your comment is old it is very misleading and that is just wrong to misinform people.
      If you have not done the research, keeping quiet is the best choice , always.

      • gurukalehuru

        Chill, T.

      • Jesse Hughes

        You must be great fun at parties, T.

      • Danny Wade

        Pedantic much, professor?

      • T.

        Let the guy answer or explain his poser guise. And so sorry that facts bore your brain. Must be a pain for a MENSA member as yourselves.
        “Chill”, over stating facts to correctly educate the ignorance thrust down our throats? STFU.
        And yes I am, people hate the bullshitters and love the one who provides gentle truth without ruffling a feather.
        Ever been asked to speak to a group of practicing neurosurgeons?
        F.O. then.

      • Sunshine

        Lol I rather enjoyed your reply, it’s nice to know there are still intelligent beings roaming around. :-)

    • jdallen_wa

      Probably not a fake, Georgy. Isopods are in fact quite common at depth, and would not “explode” on being brought to the surface. This one *is* a tad larger than usual… they normally run about 1/3rd this size.

    • Salguod Xam

      well responded to by others already but a simple question, how do it’s internals “fall off the bone”, if in fact, as they do in all isopods, the bones are on the outside, all around it, holding everything in? it may well have died of dramatic pressure and temperature changes involved in surfacing, but unlike a soft body animal it will not fall apart.

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  • Jessica

    Yikes! If I saw one of those things on land, I would probably have to check my self into a hospital for having hallucinations!

  • segy

    fish tongue parasite

  • Dick Hamilton

    so this is what the trilobites turned into? Lovely critter

  • disqus_Njs8lVnwOT

    “I don’t know what it is…but it’s weird an’ it’s pissed!!”- The Thing (1986)

    • Dab-Rag Jacob On Ice

      (The Thing was released in 1982)

      • Seth Price

        (Your info 2012)

      • James Von Borcke

        That was a remake of the remake…

      • Van Davis

        It was actually a prequal of the remake.

      • James Von Borcke

        Except the remake was a sequel made as a remake… O.o
        They’ve really bounced that ball a couple times too many, I think.

  • LST

    That is even uglier than Moochelle Obummer.

  • Lori

    Isn’t this the same type of thing in the movie “The Bay”? They eat fish tongues and eat the fish from the inside out, or so it says in the movie. Neat movie by the way.

    • Anthony Rapino

      Yes, that’s definitely the picture they used in The Bay, but the creatures in the movie were supposedly mutated forms of this.

  • Toaster

    I assume this is a known species, why no mention of the species name so we all can look it up and get more info? (or did I miss it?)

  • wyenot

    Where’s the lobster pot?

    • nick

      I would totally eat that with a little lemon and drawn butter… maybe deep fried :D

  • Martin J Morciglio

    it looks like the mass effect game reapers

    • Randy Fowler

      Baby Leviathan!

    • Nick

      No, the reapers look like it…

  • Robert Ruedisueli

    It looks like something out of prehistoric times.

    I wonder if it could be classified as a living fossil.

    BTW it’s only 2.5 feet long, so it looks a lot bigger in the picture. (Still, it’s quite huge.)

    • Skeptic7

      2.5 feet is almost 3 feet long. Get a yardstick – that’s friggin’ gross.

      • Robert Ruedisueli

        That’s nothing compared to some of the centipedes and millipedes in the jungle. Those are seriously scary and gross.

  • EmirSc

    FILL THE OCEAN WITH CONCRETE

    • Robert Ruedisueli

      I hope that’s sarcasm.

  • SirLouie

    Well, why don’t they pull up the BBQ, get out the sauce and grill the thing.

  • Levin

    Tonight’s mystery ingredient on “Chopped”.

    • Chewbama

      Heheheheh. “Open your baskets. You will have to use kiwi, ice cream sandwiches, summer squash, and giant sea bugs.”

  • Carla Rodrigues

    KAIJU!

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    Am I wrong or… or… does this thing have 14 legs?

  • edfardos

    and ban assault rifles and large capacity magazines!

  • Michael Bower

    It probably taste better than lobster

  • Truth_is_that

    there are too many legs… TOO MANY LEGS!!! *SCREAM* (In the high pitched women’s style)

  • mvbcdo

    hmmmm… it looks JUST like a giant cockroach, and apparently it eats exactly the same way as cockroaches.

  • Chewbama

    Drawn butter…

  • Jamie Schmid

    “After the fold”?? What is this, 2002?

  • Van Davis

    I dunno about most of them? But the article says THIS one was 2.5 feet long.

    Unless that detail is false, it may not be dangerous, but…that’s pretty damn huge, to me.

    • Adam Cohen

      in terms of marine life 2.5 feet is relativly small

      • Van Davis

        True, but since I am a land-based human and not a sperm whale, it’s pretty huge for an invertebrate.

        Give it up, guys. It’s big. lol

      • Robert Ruedisueli

        Actually, there are millipedes and centipedes in the jungle that are far bigger. (Those ones freak me out.)

  • http://leonardbowcott.com/ Leonard Bowcott

    Sea Bug at 2.5 feet is apparently normal. Now when cockroaches reach that size we better have a plan in place to be relocating to another planet.

  • Sandra Morgan

    a sea-bug the size of a cat looks pretty darn huge to me!! Yuck!

  • Aaron Wolf

    It’s a giant rolly polly!

  • Alan Porcella

    It’s the Predators Dog!

  • BindyH

    I wonder if they taste good grilled?

    • BindyH

      Yeah, I definitely think someone needs to cook that thing and taste it. Could be the next big thing- underwater cockroaches. YUM!

  • redsoxpagan

    Awesome, but yeah, a lot more information please. This isn’t the internet version of Highlights (I hope)

  • Tristam Sculthorpe

    For a minute there I thought someone had finally secured a closeup of a climate change/global warming DENIER!!!!

  • Keisha Rouse

    ewwww. makes my whole body shiverrrrrrrr…

  • Phase1

    So when the mob makes you sleep with the fishes, you’ll really be sleeping with these things as they munch on your eyeballs

  • emc

    Seriously people? Y’all are nuckin’ futs.To say this isn’t Photoshop is ignorant.