Giant Isopod’s Hunger Strike Comes to an End

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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photo 1A giant isopod was pronounced dead this week at the Toba Aquarium in Japan. The giant isopod was known as “No. 1” since the aquarium housed two isopods. No. 1 had been residing at the aquarium since 2007 and had made news previously, as for some unknown reason, the isopod stopped eating in 2009. It’s last meal consisted of 50g of horse mackerel. Aquarium keeper Takeya Moritaki, who cared for the isopod, was puzzled as to why.

Through out the years that followed, Moritaki often invited photographers for press releases of feedings in hope that No. 1’s hunger strike would end. After 5 years and 43 days with no food, No. 1 died on February 14, 2014. It raises interesting questions that, for now, no one has the answer to. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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