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Damselfish

Damselfish

The Cherry Anthias

The Cherry Anthias

Moroccan white seabream

Moroccan white seabream

Two-banded seabream

Two-banded seabream

Thicklip grey mullet

Thicklip grey mullet

Black sea cucumber

Black sea cucumber

Blackbelt hogfish

Blackbelt hogfish

Dusky grouper

Dusky grouper

Japanese pinecone fish

Japanese pinecone fish

Garpike

Garpike

Giant Isopod

Giant Isopod

Facts

LatinBathynomus giganteus
Size50 cm
FoodThe giant isopod is a scavenger and eats carrion that finds its way to the bottom of the sea. It only needs to eat once a year.
HabitatBottom-dweller at depths of 350-2300 metres
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationIndo-West Pacific and Western Atlantic.
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A giant pillbug

The giant isopod is a crustacean related to the land-based pillbug. Like its little cousins, the giant isopod can roll up to protect itself when it is in danger.

A long time between meals

The giant isopod eats dead fish, whales and whatever else ends up at the bottom of the sea. If it finds a large pray, it doesn’t have to eat again for a very long time. Sometimes it can go years without eating.

Giants of the deep

The giant isopod is not the only giant in the deep sea. The stable environment down here provides excellent growing conditions, so many of the creatures living down her grow very big. It takes many years for them to grow so big.