Tuesday, December 27, 2016

ZooWeird 27

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.

The giant isopod is a crustacean that can be found in abundancy in the deep, cold waters of the Atlantic. They can be found from the gloomy sublittoral zone at a depth of 170 meters (560 feet) to the pitch darkness of the bathypelagic zone at 2,140 meters (7,020 feet), with the majority of them living in depths between 365 and 730 meters (1,198 and 2,400 feet). Giant Isopods are considered to be living fossils, as they have stayed virtually unscathed for the past 130 million years. [Information from: http://www.strangeanimals.info/2011/02/giant-isopod.html#ixzz4TmRk2mGR]

“I am in love,” she told her dad,
Who, hearing, thought it kind of odd.
And even more the shock he had
To hear: “A giant isopod!”

“But, dear,” said Dad, a shaken man,
“They live far down—so very deep.
You’ll never get a summer tan—
An isopod!”
“He’s not a creep,”

She told her dad. He’s gentle, wise,
And he is very, very kind.
I know this is a great surprise—
You must take love where’er you find

It.” So her dad just sighed—so sad.
As sad as any dad could be.
And then that very so-sad dad
Just threw his daughter in the sea.

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