Woodlouse 2,500m underwater attacks camera
By Park Jun-hyung
When unmanned cameras underwater were disconnected, scientists in Bahamas began to search for the cause.
The cameras were sent to observe behavior of sharks. Edd Brooks, scientist at Bahamas Cape Eleuthera Institute found teeth marks on the cables, which looked like something bitten on them.
“They were under attack from a foot-long undersea woodlouse,” Brooks told the press. “There’s nothing else with mandibles that sharp, it was a Bathynomus attack.”
The crustacean known as Bathynomus Giganteus lives 8,500ft underwater. It is a huge sized cousin of the humble woodlouse. They are mostly around a foot-long but some can be as big as 2 ½ feet.
The creature lives in cold, deep waters of the Atlantic and Pacific. They are most found in the Gulf of Mexico. It has seven pairs of legs and the front two gather food to its four sets of jaws. They normally scavenge on dead whales, fish and shrimp.
An official from Bahamas Cape Eleuthera said, “Attacks on underwater cameras are unusual for the creature. It must have mistaken the cables as food.”