A sushi-like sea creature in Japan with 14 legsOct 102021
Despite its appetizing appearance, it is a parasite that devours the tissues of other sea animals.
An unusual marine creature, whose appearance resembles a sushi bite with seven pairs of legs, has become one of the main attractions of the Japanese aquarium Aquamarine Fukushima, located in the city of Iwaki, in the east of the country.
According to the ZME Science portal, the rare specimen was found in the sea north of the island of Hokkaido, at a depth of between 800 and 1,200 meters.
It is a type of crustacean with a shell in the order of the Isopods, which inhabit both water and land.
But despite its kinship with crabs, shrimp or lobsters, it is not considered a seafood.
Apparently, the creature belongs to one of the more than 40 species of the genus 'rocinela'.
Animals in this group, unlike most scavenger isopods, parasitize other animals by consuming their living tissue.
Experts estimate that the peculiar orange-pink coloration, similar to salmon, is due to pigment and other nutrients that the creature absorbed from its prey before being captured with a trawl.