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Giant Isopod

Giant Isopod

2010-01-26

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This, I believe, is a Giant Isopod. I don't know for certain as I had to hunt around on google at deep sea creatures, to find one that looked like it - so if anyone can prove me wrong, please feel free to!

Taken from wikipedia:
Maturing to a length between 19 and 37 centimetres (7.5 and 15 in), and maximally reaching a weight of approximately 1.7 kilograms (3.7 lb) in B. giganteus, giant isopods are a good example of deep-sea gigantism (cf. giant squid); most other isopods range in size from 1 to 5 centimetres (0.39 to 2.0 in). Their morphology is nonetheless familiar to most people as giant isopods closely resemble their terrestrial cousin, the woodlouse: their bodies are dorso-ventrally compressed, protected by a rigid, calcareous exoskeleton composed of imbricate segments. Like the woodlouse, they also possess the ability to curl up into a "ball", where only the tough shell is exposed. This provides protection.

EXIF

Focal Length: 50 mm
Exposure: 1/30 sec
Aperture: f/1.4
ISO: 1000

Latest Comment

  • I pretty sure you're right, Jem. A good shot, especially with such little light available.
    Keir Wyndham-Ayres @ 26-01-2010 23:41:07
  • I'm keen on the composition.
    cook's illustrated best c @ 02-02-2013 20:16:11
  • I like the styles!
    Arletha @ 03-02-2013 19:11:48
  • I really like the shades and tones!
    Rodrigo @ 04-02-2013 01:10:57
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Giant Isopod

Giant Isopod

2010-01-26

[Vote for this blog in the Photoblog Awards 2011]


This, I believe, is a Giant Isopod. I don't know for certain as I had to hunt around on google at deep sea creatures, to find one that looked like it - so if anyone can prove me wrong, please feel free to!

Taken from wikipedia:
Maturing to a length between 19 and 37 centimetres (7.5 and 15 in), and maximally reaching a weight of approximately 1.7 kilograms (3.7 lb) in B. giganteus, giant isopods are a good example of deep-sea gigantism (cf. giant squid); most other isopods range in size from 1 to 5 centimetres (0.39 to 2.0 in). Their morphology is nonetheless familiar to most people as giant isopods closely resemble their terrestrial cousin, the woodlouse: their bodies are dorso-ventrally compressed, protected by a rigid, calcareous exoskeleton composed of imbricate segments. Like the woodlouse, they also possess the ability to curl up into a "ball", where only the tough shell is exposed. This provides protection.

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EXIF

Focal Length: 50 mm
Exposure: 1/30 sec
Aperture: f/1.4
ISO: 1000

Latest Comment

  • I pretty sure you're right, Jem. A good shot, especially with such little light available.
    Keir Wyndham-Ayres @ 26-01-2010 23:41:07
  • I'm keen on the composition.
    cook's illustrated best c @ 02-02-2013 20:16:11
  • I like the styles!
    Arletha @ 03-02-2013 19:11:48
  • I really like the shades and tones!
    Rodrigo @ 04-02-2013 01:10:57
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