The well-known scientific fact is that there is much that man knows about what lurks in the depths of the Earth’s oceans. As early as 2018, an expedition off the coast of Indonesia hopes to fill some of our knowledge gaps by collecting as many animal specimens as possible to identify new species. The team spent weeks collecting thousands of creatures from dozens of different locations around West Java, and they spent a long time sifting through everything they found.
Now, in a new research paper, the team describes more than a dozen new species discoveries they have identified, including a “sea cockroach.” The new species, called Bathynomus raksasa, belongs to a class of animals called giant isopods. They are known as “sea cockroaches” and have spent their lives searching the sea floor for food.
The new species is the 20th giant isopod in scientific records, and while it may look very similar to other genus, it is larger in size. These creatures can grow up to 20 inches long. This is quite a “sea bug”. They are important rotting animals in the deep sea environment, which has a very special position in the marine ecosystem and an important part of the marine ecological chain.