There are giant woodlice living at the bottom of our oceans (well, sort of)
Dive down to the ocean’s gloomy depths and you’ll find an array of fascinating creatures, one of which might be this giant deep sea isopod. Growing to a length of 76cm, they look like huge underwater woodlice, one of their distant relatives. You can find them skimming the seafloor 2,000m below the ocean’s surface, or for an easier viewing, catch them in the Natural History Museum’s exhibition Life In The Dark.
Life In The Dark illuminates the buzzing ecosystems that exist in the darkest caves and the deepest oceans, and reveals the extraordinary diversity of animals that thrive in a world without light. Immersive installations recreate environments that are off-limits to most humans, with many usually inaccessible species on display to the general public for the first time.
“At any one time, half the world is in darkness – and no sunlight ever reaches the deep sea or underground caves,” said Prof Geoff Boxshall, science lead on the exhibition. “Yet the night-time world is teeming with life, and both the deep sea and caves are inhabited by a myriad of species. Even in the absence of light, life has found a way.”