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posted by martyb on Wednesday June 03 2020, @06:23AM   Printer-friendly
from the Oh-Shit! dept.

Taking a brief step back from the usual politics and hard tech...

A momentous event took place in Toba Aquarium on 26 May, when the keeper of the facility's five giant isopods discovered fecal matter in their tank. This would be the first time since April of 2018 that even a trace of poop had been found.

From the article, there were other, small interesting tidbits about the isopods who moved in seven years ago:

  • The fecal material contained digested food that wasn't served in the aquarium meaning it was eaten at least seven years ago
  • At least one of the isopods didn't eat for six years and lived

If there are any biologists, it would be interesting to hear your comments on these guys.

[#1 The linked story did not take a pass on bad puns. #2 (See what I did there?) Has a video of a Giant isopod eating the face off a shark. --Ed.]


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  • (Score: 2, Troll) by stretch611 on Wednesday June 03 2020, @08:23AM (9 children)

    by stretch611 (6199) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 03 2020, @08:23AM (#1002652)

    I sure hope that the editors do not submit these articles regularly.

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  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by aiwarrior on Wednesday June 03 2020, @08:58AM (8 children)

    by aiwarrior (1812) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @08:58AM (#1002657) Journal

    I came here to say exactly the opposite. This is the kind of story which is fascinating and interesting, but would not get the attention it deserves because it is not very spectacular nor allows for longer life of your smartphone battery.
    I am not a biologist so this insights are quite unique to SN.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by MostCynical on Wednesday June 03 2020, @12:06PM (1 child)

      by MostCynical (2589) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @12:06PM (#1002684)

      seeing the video of one of them leaping onto a shark's face and killing it was pretty spectacular.

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      • (Score: 3, Funny) by Oakenshield on Wednesday June 03 2020, @04:20PM

        by Oakenshield (4900) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @04:20PM (#1002790)

        Did you see its T-Shirt? It said "Straight out of Klendathu!"

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by coolgopher on Wednesday June 03 2020, @12:42PM

      by coolgopher (1157) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @12:42PM (#1002696)

      I too came here to say this was a shit story, but only because of the pun. Like you, I found it interesting.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by JoeMerchant on Wednesday June 03 2020, @01:04PM (2 children)

      by JoeMerchant (3937) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @01:04PM (#1002705)

      I applied for the job of "marine mammal tank cleaner" once upon a time. AKA pooper scooper for flipper. There were over 75 applicants who showed up for the 4 hour interview window.

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      • (Score: 3, Funny) by driverless on Wednesday June 03 2020, @01:22PM (1 child)

        by driverless (4770) on Wednesday June 03 2020, @01:22PM (#1002710)

        When my parents complained I never did anything I applied for and got the job of giant isopod tank cleaner. Didn't help, they still claimed I never did anything.

        • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @01:34PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @01:34PM (#1002712)

          You should've started selling crack. Then they would have begged you to just stay home and do nothing.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @06:47PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @06:47PM (#1002885)

      I bet you'd change your tune if you only took a shit every 2-7 years.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @07:04PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 03 2020, @07:04PM (#1002895)

      and I don't mean the flushing of the toilet -- this clearly went over your head. ;-)