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As an Maritimer and having spent all my life on the east coast and having eaten lobster, crablegs and many types of shellfish, I can agree with the last Reddit poster in the article. I bet those legs would be mighty tasty boiled in seawater and served with melted garlic butter. :unsure:

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That's a Bathynomus - a large woodlouse, basically. Creepy, but pretty vanilla as sea creatures go.

Now Loosejaw on the other hand...

(I'll leave the pleasure of Googling it up to you, or I'll spend the rest of the afternoon copypasting pics of black devils and gulper eels. I love deep sea monsters...)

Edited by Bonehammer73

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Put. It. Back. Before it's mother finds out its missing and comes looking.

Rick L.

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Awesome. Deep Sea Gigantism? Great! I wonder what else is down there?

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That's a Bathynomus - a large woodlouse, basically. Creepy, but pretty vanilla as sea creatures go.

Now Loosejaw on the other hand...

(I'll leave the pleasure of Googling it up to you, or I'll spend the rest of the afternoon copypasting pics of black devils and gulper eels. I love deep sea monsters...)

Stoplight loosejaw? I don't get what's so bad about that...

Give me something that crawls around under your skin and eats you from the inside out. Now that would be "horrifying".

Put. It. Back. Before it's mother finds out its missing and comes looking.

Rick L.

:)

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Stoplight loosejaw? I don't get what's so bad about that...

The mouth of Komatsu design, the double teeth à la Alien, and the fact that its head is very loosely attached to the rest of it. Of course, your mileage may vary...

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Give me something that crawls around under your skin and eats you from the inside out. Now that would be "horrifying".

I live to serve: Tumbu fly

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That isopod is cool and I'll bet yummy too! :thumbsup:

Greg

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There's just something fishy about that story...

Kev

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Being a Cajun originally from South Louisiana, I'm thinking that this would go well with some potatoes, smoked sausage, onions, corn, and about five pounds of Zatarans crab boil in a 30 gallon pot!

Aahhh-yi! :thumbsup:

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That isopod is cool and I'll bet yummy too! :wub:

Greg

I bet even yummier as sashimi!

Terry (who's having lobsters for dinner tonight)

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They're pretty cool

n, but they look a bit too close to
for me to ever try eating one.

:jaw-dropping:

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Bonehammer73, it looks a lot like a trilobite. Is it descended from those? That is one ugly you-know-what!

It also reminds me of those microscopic dust mite things that live in/on mattresses and eat dead skin.

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Bonehammer73, it looks a lot like a trilobite. Is it descended from those? That is one ugly you-know-what!

It also reminds me of those microscopic dust mite things that live in/on mattresses and eat dead skin.

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I'm not that great on arthropods (my specialisation was in Genetics, and we bio-molecular gals used to look down upon the 'roach counters' studying Systematics...) but as far as I know, isopod crustaceans such as this one would be very loosely related to trilobites, although they do look similar from a distance - think birds and bats. The similarity comes from the Isopods having 'reinvented' a segmented body armour.

They are in the same order with the common woodlice:

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The closest living relative of the trilobites:

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is the horseshoe crab:

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(its segments fuse together in a two-part shell during development)

whereas mites are very different, being not crustaceans but insects - different internal organs and all. All traces of segmentations have disappeared:

dust_mite.jpg

Hope this helps,

Bonehammer

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Thanks!

I collect trilobites, but to be honest, I know very little about them.

Usually, I just see one I like and buy it!

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I call april fool's joke on this one.

Some inconsistencies in the story. Doesn't know where it was?

ROVs at 8500 feet? Really? You sure about that? Seems a bit far-fetched.

Plus the photo just doesn't look right.

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So, who's up for a trip down to the deep sea bed to snag some lunch? I'll bring the butter.

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I call april fool's joke on this one.

Some inconsistencies in the story. Doesn't know where it was?

ROVs at 8500 feet? Really? You sure about that? Seems a bit far-fetched.

Plus the photo just doesn't look right.

Even Fox News would (probably) manage to get an April Fool joke out on 1 April. Giant isopods are real, as other posters have explained, along with ample information about their place in the arthropod world. Inconsistencies in the story can probably be explained by Fox accidentally including some facts.

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I call april fool's joke on this one.

Some inconsistencies in the story. Doesn't know where it was?

ROVs at 8500 feet? Really? You sure about that? Seems a bit far-fetched.

Plus the photo just doesn't look right.

Why is ROVs at that depth far fetched ? They've been much deeper than that, Titanic is deeper than that ...

Gregg

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