A new species of supergiant isopods found at the bottom of the ocean

During a scientific expedition to the deep-sea zone of the world ocean near the island of Java, very large crustaceans were found that had not previously been encountered by scientists. These are giant isopods that are over 30 centimeters long.

Two amazing individuals were found at a depth of about 1 kilometer. The male is 36 centimeters long and the female is 29 centimeters long. The found isopods were identified as Bathynomus raksasa; they have a number of differences from closely related species already known to science. In particular, they have a smooth outer cover and a non-standard body shape for this class of living beings.

The discovery of super-isopods once again confirmed the fact that deep-sea animals can often reach large sizes. Isopods living in shallow water are usually less than 10 mm in size. Moreover, about 20 species of the genus Bathynomus are 30 times larger.

Scientists believe that in the coming years, we will witness many unusual discoveries in the study of the deep-sea zones of the world's oceans. This applies to both unusual animals and other creatures that have adapted to life in extreme conditions.