Not Quite Alien Armored Monster

This real life creature looks like an alien life form!

While this technically doesn’t fall into the category of cryptid because we know exactly what this is, this Giant Isopod is too cool not to post.

Giant deep sea isopod

Living in the perpetual dark of the ocean’s depths these scavengers belong to a big family of crustaceans related to lobsters and crabs.  In fact in Asia you can actually find Isopods on the menu cooked like a lobster.

Isopod 2

Regardless of how they taste, they have the look of something that crawled out of our nightmares or an alien mother ship to feast on our flesh.  Which they would do if you hit the bottom where they live, but by that point I doubt you would care.

These photos were posted to Reddit by Gwynzer after they were sent to him.

I work for a Sub-sea Survey Company, recently this beast came up attached to one of our ROVs. It measures a wee bit over 2.5 feet head to tail, and we expect it latched onto the ROV at roughly 8500ft depth. Unfortunately, the e-mail that these pictures were attached to came from a contractor, and the ship he was operating from (and therefore location) is unknown, so I can’t tell you what part of the Earth this beast was living.

 

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