Why, Japan? of the Day: Giant Isopod Plushie!

Why, Japan? of the Day: Giant Isopod Plushie

The giant isopod, known scientifically as Bathynomus giganteus, is the largest known member of the isopod family. It is very closely related to the small pillbugs that you can find in the garden

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fyeah-seacreatures: “ A Giant Isopod is any of approximately nine species of large Isopods in the genus Bathynomus. They are thought to be abundant in cold, deep waters of the Atlantic .

Giant isopods (pictured)— can grow to 16 inches (41 centimeters) and have compound eyes that are extremely sensitive to low light levels. Light bounces off a reflective layer at the back of the eyes called the tapetum, making the eyes appear to glow.

“Monster Bug” A foot-long ringer for a wood louse, Bathynomus is a hulking crustacean with razor-sharp mandibles and eyes that catch the light like a cat’s.

Giant Isopod...NOT cute!  Thank god they live 6000' down on the ocean floor b/c this would cure me of ever wanting to go in the ocean!

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Even though the Giant Isopod is a deep sea dwelling creature, it might look strangely familiar to you. A close cousin of the Giant Isopod is the much smaller terrestrial Woodlouse (3-30 mm). But you might know the Woodlouse by one of its more common nicknames like pill bug or roly-poly. Woodlice are usually found in damp, dark places, rotting logs and typically eat decaying plant material.

Biggest bugs: most are small, even tiny, the order of Arthropods boasts over a million species and includes more than half the world’s living organisms.

10 Horrible Deep Sea Creatures - Oddee.com (sea monsters, sea animals...)

10 Horrible Deep Sea Creatures

The giant isopod is a crustacean that lives at the bottom of the ocean and is related to shrimp, crabs, and… the roly-poly pill-bugs that dwell in your garden. But unlike their insect cousins, giant isopods can grow to be more than 16 inches cm) long.

This one is the largest of the existing isopods. “The enormous size of the giant isopod is a result of a phenomenon known as deep sea gigantism. This is the tendency of deep sea crustaceans and other animals to grow to a much larger size than similar species in shallower waters.” (Image credits: Littoraria) | Bored Panda

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Giant Isopod - this is one of the largest of the existing Isopods. The enormous size is the result of a phenomenon known as deep sea giantism. Sea crustaceans & other animals grow to much larger sizes than similar species in shallower waters.

Giant isopods (Bathynomus giganteus)  Giant isopods look like they might eat you in your sleep if given the chance, and they just might—if they could only catch you. Giant isopods live in the deep sea, where they catch what prey they can, including slow-moving sea cucumbers, sponges, and nematodes, but mostly scavenge the dead carcasses of fish, squid and whales.

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An Adorably Creepy Giant Isopod Plush Doll

An Adorably Creepy Giant Isopod Plush Doll

Strapya World : Giant Isopod Realistic Plush Doll (XL Size)【Sea Creature】

Giant Isopod Realistic Plush Doll (XL Size) [Restocked in Early March]

Giant isopods (daiogusokumushi in Japanese) are passionately loved in Japan. The creatures are mysterious and cute in a creepy way, also known as kimokawaii or gurokawaii. A giant isopod in Toba Aquarium in Japan has eaten no food for over 4 years.

Giant Isopod Realistic Plush Doll (XL Size) [Restocked in the end of April]

Giant Isopod Realistic Plush Doll (XL Size) [Restocked in the end of April]

Strapya World : Giant Isopod Realistic Plush Doll (XL Size)【Sea Creature】

Perfect gift for my girl who loves unusual creatures, both great and small: Giant Isopod Realistic Plush Doll

Real Monstrosities: Giant Isopod

The giant isopod is a deep sea crustacean, a relative of crabs, shrimp and most obviously, woodlice. It looks a lot like a woodlouse ou.

Giant Isopod Realistic Plush Doll (XL Size) - because when I think cute and cuddly my mind goes straight to isopods.

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