Camera Cables Chewed By Crustacean

Bathynomus Giganteus

When one of their underwater camera systems stopped working, scientists at Cape Eleuthera investigated and found ‘teeth marks’ in the cables.

Edd Brooks of the Bahamas Cape Eleuthera Institute took a closer look at the cables and found that the teeth marks looked like a huge crustacean had gnawed on them. Specifically, Brooks said it appeared to be the work of a woodlouse whose scientific name is the Bathynomus giganteus.

Chewed underwater camera system cables at Cape Eleuthera

‘There‚Äôs nothing else with mandibles that sharp,’ says Brooks. ‘It was a Bathynomus attack.’

The beast normally lives 8,500ft under water and is a super-sized cousin of the humble woodlouse, typically growing more than a foot long.

Its legs are arranged in seven pairs, and its front two are able to manipulate and bring food to its four sets of jaws.

It is a scavenger that feeds on dead whales, fish and shrimp.