Now there's one huge rollie pollie. (Giant isopod) ...
With the #Okeanos Gulf of Mexico 2018 expedition getting underway next week, seems like a good time to look back at how much fun we had during the 2017 expedition. For example, does anybody remember seeing this giant isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, going for a swim?!
While we often see these giant underwater 'pill bugs' resting on the seafloor, we don't always get to see them swim, so seeing this isopod, which measured nearly 30 centimeters (almost one foot) long, come in for a landing was exciting!
We saw this giant underwater 'pill bug' during our first dive of the 2017 expedition, which took place at “South Reed,” a site southwest of Florida located in an area proposed as a Habitat Area of Particular Concern by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. During the 2018 expedition, we'll explore additional areas relevant to resource managers; learn more about Gulf habitat protections here: oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex1803/background/mpas/welcome.html