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Expedition to the Deep Slope 2006: Mission Summary

This giant isopod is a representative of one of approximately nine species of large isopods (crustaceans related to shrimps and crabs) in the genus Bathynomus. They are thought to be abundant in cold, deep waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Bob Carney of LSU caught this specimen in one of his deep-water fish traps. Image courtesy of Expedition to the Deep Slope 2006, NOAA-OE


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Taken on May 25, 2006