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Giant Sea Bug Found Attached To Submersible Robot

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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

    • http://www.anthonyjrapino.com/ 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.

  • 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. :-)

  • 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.

  • 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 😀

  • 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.

  • Martin J Morciglio

    it looks like the mass effect game reapers

    • Randy Fowler

      Baby Leviathan!

    • Nick

      No, the reapers look like it…

  • Maggie Ahrens

    http://i.imgur.com/KsmAg.jpg

    They’re not that huge – they’re also not dangerous, and they’re really cool. They eat the things that die and sink. Really interesting creatures, and nothing to fear.

    Wish the author had put more time into explaining this.

    • 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.)

    • Sandra Morgan

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

    • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • http://www.descargasesc.net/ EmirSc

    FILL THE OCEAN WITH CONCRETE

    • Robert Ruedisueli

      I hope that’s sarcasm.

  • Sir Louie

    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!

  • http://www.discountdental4u.net/ DiscountDental4U.net

    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

  • http://www.youtube.com/ministerabdallah 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?

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • http://freakingenius.info/ 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…

  • emc

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

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