Friday Giant Freaky Ocean Bugs Blogging

7 comments February 16th, 2007at 11:40pm Posted by Eli

From Pink Tentacle, my go-to source for deep-sea weirdness:

This video clip from NHK’s “Planet Earth” shows the scene at dinner time on the deep ocean floor. The footage, which appears to have been shot by the Japanese submarine Shinkai 6500 in Okinawan waters at a depth of over 1500 meters (5,000 feet), shows sea-floor scavengers fighting for their piece of a fish carcass that has drifted down to the bottom. Crabs, eels and giant isopods (Bathynomus giganteus), which look like 30 centimeter (1 foot) long wood lice, join in the feeding frenzy that lasts several hours. Here it is time-lapsed to about 20 seconds for maximum impact. Itadakimasu.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ8hVbqGpnE

GAH!

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Friday Quote & Cat Blogging,Science,Weirdness

7 Comments

  • 1. ellroon  |  February 17th, 2007 at 12:00 am

    Hey! I love crab! Do you want me to not eat seafood anymore?!

  • 2. Eli  |  February 17th, 2007 at 12:59 am

    You don’t fancy a nice juicy isopod on the half-shell?

  • 3. spork_incident  |  February 17th, 2007 at 2:49 am

    So which deep-sea creature is speaking Japanese?!?

    I’m so confused!

    [sobs quietly to self]

    .

  • 4. ellroon  |  February 17th, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Maybe I’ll just eat that last crab running around at the end….late to the party, poor guy…

  • 5. Eli  |  February 17th, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    So which deep-sea creature is speaking Japanese?!?

    They all are. Japanese is the lingua franca of the deep.

    Maybe I’ll just eat that last crab running around at the end….late to the party, poor guy…

    Natural selection in action.

  • 6. flory  |  February 18th, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    OK — when I have nightmares tonite, you’ll be very sorry…..

  • 7. Eli  |  February 19th, 2007 at 12:27 am

    No I won’t.


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