3 Invertebrates So Alarmingly Big, Their Photos Look Fake.

JL Matthews

You might like to believe these creatures are fake, but they're not!


A Giant Weta, Dinobass, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Humans don't like bugs.

Whether it's because they often carry disease or we just don't like the way they look, people have a natural dislike of insects and other invertebrates.

So when they get big, we tend to cringe.

Here are three examples of invertebrates that give us the creeps.

Giant Isopod


Underside of a Giant Isopod, NOAA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

It might surprise you, but you're probably within walking distance of a distant relative to this crazy-looking creature right now.

Giant Isopods are similar to the woodlice (a.k.a. 'pillbugs' / 'roly-poly') that live under rocks and logs throughout the United States.

However, Giant Isopods (no surprise given their name) are much larger.

They grow to lengths of up to 20 inches and live at ocean depths between 500-8,000 feet.

They scavenge on the seafloor, eating dead fish, whales, and whatever else they come across.

Since there is very little to no light at the depths they prefer, they've developed large, reflective compound eyes that give them their eerie appearance.


A Giant Isopod, friend of User:Borgx, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Magnapinna Squid


Bigfin Squid, NOAA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Sailors have long told mythical tales about giant squid.

As it turns out, not everything in the stories was a myth.

Magnapinna (or 'Bigfin') squid are so rare, that no adult specimen has ever been collected.

Rather, larval and juvenile specimens, along with a dozen or so videos, are the only proof we have of their existence.

The video below was taken in 2007 at an underwater drilling site about 200 miles off the coast of Houston, Texas.

The video--filmed at a depth of almost 8,000 feet (1.5 mile)--leaves no doubt that adult Bigfin squids are quite real, colossal, and enormously scary-looking.

Scientists can only speculate on how large the Bigfin squid can grow. Most estimates assume a range of 20-30 feet.

Giant Weta

A Giant Weta, Dinobass, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

What do you call a grasshopper that is the size of a bird?

A Giant Weta.

These bugs, native to New Zealand, are relatives to crickets--except much, much bigger.

Their body alone can grow to be 4 inches long--not including their legs and antenae.

Even though the name means "terrible grasshopper," these little fellas won't hurt you.

They're strictly plant-eating and mostly live in trees.

In addition, non-native animals introduced to New Zealand have taken a heavy toll on the Giant Weta. Most species are now protected by law out of fear they may go extinct.

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