A giant isopod was recently discovered attached to remote undersea survey sub and this shocking sea creature is taking the internet by storm! Definitely one to cause some nightmares for the squeamish, this isopod is a hulking 2 1/2 feet long. These creatures are typically found in deep, cooler waters around 1,200 feet below the surface and according to Popular Science, are considered a delicacy in Taiwan. Most of these larger creatures typically reach a foot long, so this “monster” definitely adds to the lore of the deep. More details, pics and video after the break.
The isopod was shared with Reddit users from Gwynzer who had this to say along with sharing the two pictures in this article:
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.
What is this, Reddit? Is it edible?
PopSci included this great video on giant isopods. Granted its not this beast but will give a good insight into their habitat and behavior.