Monday, November 17, 2008

Antarctic Isopod

Recently, my friend Willem returned from McMurdo Station in Antarctica, where he had been attaching cameras to seals in order to monitor their night time fishing habits, and he showed me this image he took of a Giant Isopod, glyptonotus antarcticus. Its superficial resemblence to a trilobite helps us to imagine what they may have looked like when they were living, millions of years ago. Willem said he thought of me immediately when he saw it, and I was very glad to have the opportunity to look at it, as well as many other images from his stay, including some great underwater footage of hunting seals.

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