Cthulhu's Pet? Giant Isopod (2.5 Feet!) Found Attached To Underwater Robot

For the Love of Cute Kittens! It Looks Like a Sci-Fi Movie Prop

This just goes to show how little most of us know about the oceans. I'm sure some marine biologist reading this will go "Duh, it's a Bathynomus giganteus, better known as giant isopod! An important scavenger in the deep-sea benthic environment...", but the rest of us will just stare with our mouths open. Didn't one of those make a cameo in District 9?
giant isopod sea monster photo
Photo: Gwynzer

The photos above were posted by Reddit user Gwynzer. To explain the context, he wrote:

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?

To answer his/her question, it is edible. Apparently, "in northern Taiwan and other areas, they are not uncommon at seaside restaurants, served boiled and bisected with a clean lateral slice. The white meat, similar to crab or lobster in texture, is then easily removed."

giant isopods photo

More giant isopods, though not quite as giant as the one above. Photos: Left is Creative Commons, Right is Public domain

Best quote about this whole thing comes from user Neuraxis on Reddit: "Do you realize how much sh*t you're going to be in once Cthulhu finds out his dog's missing?" Ha!

Even FOXNews picked this up, except that they didn't actually link to the original Reddit story. Tsk tsk. Bad netiquette.

See also: Beijing Zoo Puts their Animals on the Menu

Via Reddit. Our friends at Ecorazzi also wrote about it.

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