It's not just a print, it's a movement!
Call upon Congress to adopt the giant deep-sea isopod as the National Deep-sea Animal of the United States.
The giant deep-sea isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, is a charismatic, iconic deep-sea species commonly found in the deep waters of the United States, particularly the Gulf of Mexico and Southern Atlantic. This large, recognizable animal, similar to a pill bug or roly poly, can reach almost 2 feet in length. Since their discovery in the late 19th century, giant isopods have captured the public’s imagination, acting as an Ambassador Species for deep-sea ecosystems. Ambassador Species are important for education, exploration, and conservation as they provide a charismatic icon to help introduce people to new and unfamiliar creatures and places.
We call upon the Congress of the United States of America to establish the giant deep-sea isopod, Bathynomus giganteus, as our National Deep-sea Animal.
Read a bit about the biology and ecology of the giant deep-sea isopod in our epic monograph: Sizing ocean giants: patterns of intraspecific size variation in marine megafauna.
Observe the behavior of these mighty and enigmatic arthropods in these two videos:
Giant deep-sea isopod digging a burrow and Giant deep-sea isopod swims away
This print comes in 14 pieces, and yes, they are at original scale. This specimen was huge! I recommend scaling down to at least 50%, if not smaller.
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