Football-Sized Deep-Sea Isopods Devour An Alligator In This Fascinating Video


Louisiana scientists have captured a video of some pretty huge bugs that are devouring a dead alligator. The alligator has been placed on the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico this year.

Back in February, scientists Craig McClain, Clifton Nunnally, and River Dixon dropped two alligators into the ocean. This was described as the “first-ever experiment on reptile falls.”

The researchers wanted to have a first-hand glimpse into the deep-sea food webs and what might have occurred millions of years ago when reptiles which are now extinct fell to the bottom of the ocean.

It was also reported that the state of Lousiana had donated the “humanely euthanized” alligators in the study.

Giant deep-sea bugs eat an alligator

The reptiles were taken tens of miles off the coast of Lousiana, and they were dropped into the ocean. They reportedly sunk about 1 1/4 miles down.

The Blaze reports that in 24 hours some giant deep-sea isopods which were the size of a football started eating the alligator.

“They’re scavengers that eat dead animals,” one of the researchers said in the video.

The pink isopods crawled over and inside the dead carcass of the alligator while eating it throughout the 6-minute video. They ate so quickly that they “appeared to become “immobile or stupefied,” the researchers noted,” says the online publication.

Another thing worth noting was how easy these bugs were able to eat the dead alligator.

“Obviously, their pinching and crushing mandibles made easy work of the hide,” the researcher said in the video.

Such incidents are described as being “food falls,” and according to experts and scientists, alligators and crocodiles may be the last food source for some of the invertebrates that lived millions of years ago.

Indeed, alligator and crocodile food falls may be the last remaining refuge of specialized invertebrates that were also in ancient oceans,” says the video.


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