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Old 04-01-2010, 10:46 AM   #1
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Think sharks are scary? They're downright cuddly compared to the Bathynomus giganteus, a very terrifying (and very real) sea creature that recently surfaced from the deep.
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:08 AM   #2
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There was story about these on msnbc yesterday - apparently a 30 inch isopod attached itself to a R.O.V. in the Gulf and when it was hauled up, they were able to get pictures:

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They look like an aquatic version of a pill bug.
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Exactly, that's what they are. I wonder if the aquatic isopods curl up?
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Old 04-06-2010, 04:33 PM   #5
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I found a couple the other day while puddling about with the grandson.
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He caught the snails while I caught these!
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We found some sort of scale like creatures sucking on the rocks. You can see one of them laying in the right hand corner under the critter.
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