Cuddly giant isopod toy!

There's nothing quite so cuddly as a giant isopod plush toy. It has been encutified to make it even more adorable than the real-life version, with big, round, loving eyes. As the product description notes, these are "passionately loved" by some in Japan and are regarded as "mysterious and cute" -- one in Toba Aquarium has (allegedly) eaten no food for over 4 years.

Giant Isopod Realistic Plush Doll (via Pipedreamdragon)

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  1. In addition to the cash that they apparently dispense from between the carapace sections, do they also register their approval by oozing viscous, intoxicating substances from various parts of their anatomies?

  2. Hence the sharpened sensory proboscis...

  3. one in Toba Aquarium has (allegedly) eaten no food for over 4 years.

    Akira! I thought I told you to clear out that dead isopod from the tank! It died back in early 2010!

  4. [chuckles] That's not a giant isopod.
    THAT's a giant isopod:

    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.

    My god, it's a monster! : science

  5. You know, Tokyo Paleontological Institute, the next time you get a locked trunk of rare Burgess Shale fossils marked DO NOT GET WET FOR THE LOVE OF GOT DO NOT GET WET, pay attention!

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