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GIANT ISOPODS!

Via Akeakamai, I found this gem of a video from JAMSTEC’s Shinkai 6500. The video shows several typical scavenging organisms, crabs, eels, and GIANT ISOPODS (Bathynomus giganteus), feeding on what appears to be a sizeable fish (maybe tuna). For scale the isopods are about 9-12 inches in length and yes they are the world’s largest isopod. The video is originally from the “Planet Earth” series.

Comments

  1. #1 Peter Etnoyer
    February 19, 2007

    The hi-speed frame rate is fantastic. For a moment, it looked like the giant isopods piled-on to form a phalanx (or tower) that excludes competitors. Did anyone else get that?

    The ending shots of crabs are very creepy.

  2. #2 Yubi
    December 19, 2007

    Somehow the link has changed:
    the original in Japanese
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKnvNe5qZUk
    an English version under
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeOSXtBCY30

  3. #3 kevin z
    May 1, 2008

    Video is fixed.