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isopod

Long legs, short body

On a 2006 cruise to explore the deep Celebes Sea, expedition scientists collected this 3-centimeter (1.25-inch) isopod — a relative of land-based pill bugs — using a collection chamber mounted on a remotely operated vehicle. It uses its very long legs to “crawl” through the water. The cruise, led by Laurence Madin of the WHOI Biology Department, explored the deep basins of the sea in Philippines waters. (Photo by Laurence Madin, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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