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    Ok. I always like the "what is it?" posts since I typically have seen a LOT of ocean critters in my days.

    This came out of a P Cod. Alive and kicking. About an inch long. Hard to get a good pic but what is this? It looks like one of those pillbugs but "shrimpy" but no long legs or claws... Are there a bunch of them? Never seen one like in a shrimp pot where you'd expect them. Maybe others have?




    Looks a mini version of one of these thins they dredged up from the bottom of the ocean last year.

    A baby one of these....lol....


    Oh Saturday Seward report posted in Kayaking section....
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    I do not recall having ever seen one of those, it does have the appearance of a crustacean though.

    Curious to learn the answer.

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    It's an isopod. I've collected them throughout the state for work. Turn over a rock at low tide and bingo.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopoda
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    Yeah, I saw one out of Seward for the first time yesterday. Came out of a P-Cod as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    It's an isopod. I've collected them throughout the state for work. Turn over a rock at low tide and bingo.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopoda
    So it is just a teeny version ( different species I'd think) of my lower pic?

    How big do they get here. I've turned rocks over a lot and never seen one.

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    Most isopods in Ak are 1-3 inches.
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    They taste like chicken...
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    Excellent Steelhead bait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    It's an isopod. I've collected them throughout the state for work. Turn over a rock at low tide and bingo.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isopoda
    Interesting info, some of it kind of creepy. Apparently, some species of these guys won't hesitate to attempt to make a meal of us, given the opportunity.... http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-05/rs/index.php

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    ran a 270 reef tank and isopods are truly the terror of reefers..

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    BTW I noticed weird wound-like "dimples" on the sides of the heads of the p-cods we were catching, I wonder if these bugs were eating them alive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kardinal_84 View Post
    So it is just a teeny version ( different species I'd think) of my lower pic?

    How big do they get here. I've turned rocks over a lot and never seen one.
    Just be glad it wasn't one of these:

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