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Giant Isopod hasnt eaten in four years .

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#31    Timonthy

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 10:36 PM

View PostArtaxerxes, on 10 February 2013 - 09:50 PM, said:

They eat rotten dead whales.  That is how they get so big.  If they want that bug to eat they need to offer it some rotten whale meat - with some blubber and skin attached.
Well it is in Japan, but they love their whale meat so I doubt they'll be wasting any on this little fella.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:59 PM

I would it be too out there to say, that maybe his sences are completely out of whack because of not being -100m below sea level? Maybe that would have a part to play in the electromagnetic forces to help this animal live, since it is used to pitch black surroundings?


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 12:28 AM

it lives 100mtres underwater it dosnt eat fresh fish it probebly eats pondscum off the bottom of the ocean not only that im supised its not sick because of the lack of pressuire lets put it this way if u were living under 100mtrs of water (witch u couldnt suvive in ) would u be hungry?


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:10 AM

So in summary, the little we know about these animals suggests they live in the ocean at ~100m, in the dark and scavenge rotten meat. So let's keep it in a small tank, at atmospheric pressure, under bright lights and feed it on fish...

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:48 AM

Maybe it realized what it was, and became depressed.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 03:16 AM

How can it not eat for 4-years?


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:57 AM

I wonder how it's staying alive after 4 years of not eating... Could it be getting at least t trace amounts of nutrients via osmosis?  If that's true maybe they can work with that to give him  more.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:06 AM

View Postouija ouija, on 10 February 2013 - 05:23 PM, said:

My heart breaks for this poor creature. They tried 'rubbing it's face in the food' ...... for goodness' sake!!! What is the matter with these people?! After four years of not eating, why don't they just put it back where it belongs?
It's probably acclimated to captivity now . It would probably die if released.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:07 AM

View PostTimonthy, on 10 February 2013 - 10:36 PM, said:


Well it is in Japan, but they love their whale meat so I doubt they'll be wasting any on this little fella.
They waste tons of whale meat. That's part of the outrage about the whale hunting . And I mean literal tons .

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:00 AM

Honestly, I doubt this has anything to do with depression, or if the animal is even aware of the fact it was 'captured'. There are some easy fixes for this, and I can't believe how stupid these people are for shoving dead fish at it everyday hoping it will eventually work. Might be time for a new tactic....

1) It could be stress. The tank is really small, and it may be too stressed by the small space to eat.

2) This animal is acustomed to living under A LOT of pressure. I doubt they replicated the crushing sea floor pressure in that tiny tank, and the difference it likely confusing/hurting it in some way.

3) It may not eat fish, if its a scavenger it probably eats dead whale or other rotting meat. Hell, even trying to see if it likes live fish might work. Change up the food until something works.

And those are just the obvious ones. They must not really be trying very hard... I have a high school marine bio class under my belt and even I know you must keep an animals pressure constant to that it grew up in.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:43 AM

I bet it's leeching the energy off of people so that it can evolve into it's final form... Godzilla.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:54 AM

I suspect it has survived because it's cold blooded and needs very little to sustain itself.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:14 AM

Good luck trying to reason with Japanese, same culture that kill whales for "scientific" experiments. I bet those experiments are mighty tasty as well, aren't they?


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:06 PM

How about trying to recreate it's atmosphere n


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:59 PM

Yep, its got to the be pressure. If I lived on the moon, I probably wouldn't eat so much either. Little guy is probably seriously disoriented.






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