The Big, The Deep and The Creepy
Why It Matters
Super Creepy Crawly
Many people have a "shudder" response to certain organisms, particularly arthropods like spiders and insects. This response has been exploited by the makers of horror films to the delight of millions. But we all know that's make-believe except maybe in the deep-sea.
Bathynomus giganteus makes its living as a scavenger which in the deep-sea helps account for its size. Here are some giant isopods at work.
Here's some footage which nicely shows their multiple jaws.
Here's some footage of "babies" in captivity making short work of a fish
Here's Dr. Chris Mah of the Smithsonian Institute showing off a preserved specimen from the Smithsonian collection
You can find out more about these amazing animals here
Use the resources below to answer the following questions
- How have these isopods shown human impact in the deep-sea?
- What animal that may be in your backyard is related to Bathynomus giganteus? What characteristics do they have in common?
- In what way do scientists feel that animals may be responding to life in the deep-sea similarly to how they respond to life on islands?
- How does the biodiversity of organisms in the deep sea change with the availability of resources?
Youtube source WingerdTiger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeOSXtBCY30&playnext=1&list=PLF9D1B26FF5D47706&feature=results_main
Youtube source OceanContent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ1C1N4OG9s&playnext=1&list=PLDB3B9AEAFBBD166E&feature=results_video
Youtube source EnosuiMovie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aW_75EG0XA&feature=fvwrel
Youtube source EnosulMovie http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=0po1CkgTPgA&NR=1
Youtube source cdellamore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F61jT90GaAI