Giant Isopod

This giant isopod (a crustacean related to shrimps and crabs) was collected from the cold, deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico in 2006. Scientists believe that it is one of about nine species in the genus Bathynomus.

Giant Isopod from the Gulf of Mexico

Image courtesy of Expedition to the Deep Slope 2006 Exploration, NOAA Vents Program