UNUSUAL WATER CREATURES
Added on: 1st Dec 2013
This one is the largest of the existing isopods. “The enormous size of the
giant isopod is a result of a phenomenon known as deep sea gigantism.
This is the tendency of deep sea crustaceans and other animals to grow
to a much larger size than similar species in shallower waters.
The octopuses of the genus Grimpoteuthis are also known as
Dumbo octopuses from the ear-like fins protruding from the top of their head-like bodies,
resembling the ears of Walt Disney's flying elephant Dumbo.
The Irrawaddy dolphin is a euryhaline species of oceanic dolphin
found in discontinuous subpopulations near sea coasts and in estuaries
and rivers in parts of the Bay of Bengal and Southeast Asia.
The Dugong is a large marine mammal which, together with the Manatees,
is one of four living species of the order Sirenia.
Lampreys are an order of jawless fish, the adult of which is characterized
by a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth. The common name "Lamprey"
is derived from lampetra, which translated from Latin means "stone licker".
Kiwa hirsuta is a crustacean discovered in 2005 in the South Pacific Ocean.
This Decapod, which is approximately 15 cm long, is notable for the quantity
of silky blond setae covering its pereiopods.
The Blobfish is a deep sea fish of the family Psychrolutidae.
It inhabits the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania,
as well as the waters of New Zealand. Blobfish are typically shorter than 30 cm.
JAPANESE SPIDER CRAB
The Japanese Spider Crab, Macrocheira kaempferi, is a species of marine crab
that lives in the waters around Japan. It has the largest leg span of any arthropod,
reaching up to 3.8 metres and weighing up to 41 pounds.
CANTOR’S GIANT SOFT SHELLED TURTLE
The Cantor's giant soft shell turtle or Asian giant soft shell turtle is a species of
freshwater turtle. The turtle has a broad head and small eyes
close to the tip of its snout. The Carapace is smooth and olive-coloured.