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Behold, the giant isopod (Bathynomus giganteus)! A crustacean of the deep sea, the giant isopod lurks on the seafloor at depths of up to 2,140 meters (7,020 feet) in both Atlantic and Pacific waters. It can reach as long as 30 centimeters (nearly 1 foot), and it has 7 pairs of legs! If it looks somewhat familiar it’s because it’s a relative of some terrestrial crustaceans, such as the pill bug (or roly-poly) and woodlouse. A couple of its better-known relatives are the shrimp and the crab. Wondering what this critter eats? Pretty much anything that falls from above, including whale carcasses.
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