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Old 10-11-2007, 11:40 AM   #1
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October 11, 2007: Giant isopod



A lurker (? I guess?) turns my attention to the Giant isopod, a beast from the sea. I was not previously aware of this, so accept my apology if you've seen it before.

If lobsters are the giant cockroaches of the ocean, and king crabs the giant spiders, we have now located the watery giant roly-poly... I mean pill bug... potato bug... doodlebug... woodlouse!

Lurker was apparently inlighted by this thread, wherein the definitive isopod picture was identified:

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Old 10-11-2007, 11:59 AM   #2
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Mmmmmmmmmmmmm...Isopod dip and chips....
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:02 PM   #3
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I got one of those iSopods, but I was disappointed at how easily it would scratch.
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:09 PM   #4
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They don't make a shopvac big enough to suck those puppies out of my basement corners like I do their cousins. Good thing they're sea dwellars!
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:13 PM   #5
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Just wait for Steve Jobs to announce the big price drop.
And the inevitable ridiculous lawsuit.
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:15 PM   #6
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no earbuds. no wonder he was pissed off.
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:47 PM   #7
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I'm not plugging those things in my ear!

(visions of the creepy Star Trek Wrath of Kahn crawly ear bug. thing.)
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:47 PM   #8
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Lobster Tails without the green part!

They look like trylobites.
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Old 10-11-2007, 12:52 PM   #9
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This is dying for a lolcats treatment.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:15 PM   #10
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Somebody call Stephen King. His dogs are loose again.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:18 PM   #11
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SNIP

They look like trylobites.
I thought that too, but they're not.
Probably just convergent evolution. Scuttling across the ocean floor, you'd get that way.
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Old 10-11-2007, 01:57 PM   #12
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welcome corydodt!
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:05 PM   #13
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I didn't mind the first picture - they do look like food.
But the second picture had me imagining they were in my kitchen, and not even I would dive in to save a packet of crisps if they were. Yuk.
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:52 PM   #14
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bleah -- no amount of garlic butter would make that appetizing!

Seriously though, we were in Sitka, AK back in August, where I met one of the marine biology students at Sheldon Jackson College. He caught one of these on a fishing trip down near Mexico earlier this year. It was so odd (to him anyway), that he froze the thing, and brought it back to the small aquarium they have at the college. Nasty looking boogers, even frozen. Maybe they'd look better deep fried?
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:57 PM   #15
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This is dying for a lolcats treatment.


Or... Havin' uz a party!

I couldn't decide.
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