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Monster from the Depths, or Taiwanese Snack? March 31, 2010

Posted by stuffilikenet in Uncategorizable.
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From Reddit.com comes a delightful post about this amazing critter. “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 8500ft 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 front view is, if anything, even uglier:

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Another poster wrote:

”It’s a giant isopod. They get about a foot long. As far as I know, they live over most of the bottom of the ocean. I love giant isopods because my girlfriend screams every time she sees a picture of one. And yes, they are edible. They’re apparently quite the delicacy in Taiwan. To the people complaining that the OP said the one he found was two and a half feet long, the ‘about a foot’ size is only an average. It’s possible that he found one on the extreme high end of the size bell curve. It is also possible, and in my opinion more likely, that he overestimated the size somewhat. Which I think is a totally reasonable mistake to make when you see one of them for the first time.”

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