The Giant Isopod


This is a giant isopod from the gulf of mexico. Read more about isopods HERE
For scale the red and black handles under it's head are just under 6" long.
This isopod is just under 2 FEET long!
     Posted By: Tyrusguy - Thu Dec 29, 2011
     Category: Fish

This is my first post! Thanks Patty for your help! I could not have done it without you! :coolsmile:
Posted by Tyrusguy on 12/29/11 at 09:00 PM
Now THAT'S a good back scratcher!
Posted by done on 12/29/11 at 09:32 PM
You're welcome sweetie. 😊
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :ahhh:
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/29/11 at 09:59 PM
Giant Shrimp!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/30/11 at 12:10 AM
That may be so but the treadmill to keep it happy is going to be expensive.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/30/11 at 09:14 AM
Expat and dumbledoor you're both right, it is related to both the shrimp and the woodlouse/ common pill bug!
Posted by Tyrusguy on 12/30/11 at 10:05 AM
@Dumbfounded I just knew I wouldn't be the only one on this site to have seen one of these in person! As for the string of expletives, I'll put those screamed by the oil rig crew members
that first saw it curled round the foot of my newt suit up against ANY I've ever herd before or since, and I've been a sailor all my life! I still wonder what it would have tasted like with a little old bay and butter! Would have found out too
except the cook said he would throw the both of us overboard if I brought it anywhere near his galley!
Posted by Tyrusguy on 01/02/12 at 09:47 PM
You TOUCHED it?!? Calli!!!! ACK! :shut: 😜
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/04/12 at 09:50 PM
I've read about these before.

Yes, they're tasty, being considered a delicacy in areas where they're found close to shore. (Requires a *big* drop in depth, as these are deep sea creatures.)

The reasons you don't find them in the seafood section at Krogers:
1. deep sea creature, You have to run the nets *deep* to trawl for them and retrieve very slowly to avoid killing them with decompression.
2. Did I mention they're tasty? While the net is rising slowly, *everything* that it passes on the way up tries to eat it!
3. Perishable. The few that make it into the boat have to be kept alive until they can be sold, since they decompose quickly when they die, even when iced.
4. Uh, look at it. It's a giant pill bug!
Posted by Captain DaFt on 05/18/13 at 03:31 PM
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