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Odd Moments in the Animal Kingdom

 
 
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 05:57 am


http://img682.imageshack.us/img682/3346/feedbackr.jpg
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 08:09 am
@Region Philbis,
Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Plus the Wabbit patented irony emoticon:


: /
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 03:59 pm
@Region Philbis,
Hahaha! I should send that snapshot to my sister.
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caribou
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 11:07 pm
http://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/012810-Aviator_Swatch.jpg
http://www.moodfabrics.com/blog/

For anyone that has watched Project Runway -you may know that the NY Mood Fabric store has a Boston named Swatch. Apparently, they dress Swatch up and blog about it.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 2 Apr, 2010 04:48 pm
http://www.foxnews.com/static/managed/img/Scitech/Giant%20Isopod%202_doomsday_604x341.jpg
A submarine exploring the ocean's depths recently returned with an unexpected visitor: a crablike critter that has left many readers startled and horrified.

In a posting to social bookmarking site Reddit, a deep-sea technician detailed the finding, asking the site's readers to help identify what exactly the bizarre looking creature was.

The post reads, "I work for a Sub-sea Survey Company, recently this beast came up attached to one of our ROVs. It measures a wee bit over 2.5 feet head to tail, and we expect it latched onto the ROV at roughly 8,500 feet depth. Unfortunately, the e-mail that these pictures were attached to came from a contractor, and the ship he was operating from (and therefore location) is unknown, so I can't tell you what part of the Earth this beast was living."

The pictures reveal the creature to be a giant isopod, a large crustacean that dwells in deep Atlantic and Pacific waters. This particular creature is a Bathynomus giganteus, a deep-sea scavenger that feeds on dead whales, fish and squid.

Scientists have long remarked on the massive scale of this creature. C.R. McClain wrote on ScienceBlogs explained one theory for the size, that "deep-sea gigantism, for all crustaceans, is a consequence of larger cells sizes obtained under cold temperatures," citing a research paper from 1996.


The 10-year Census of Marine Life plumbs the depths of the ocean, recently turning up a variety of outlandish deep-sea life.



Stunning images of the astonishingly rich and unusual variety of life in Antarctica's waters, from the British Antarctic Survey.

He also speculated that "in crustaceans, bathymetric gigantism may also in part reflect decreases in temperature leading to longer lifespans and thus larger sizes in indeterminate growers."

Responses to the original post ranged from the curious to the horrified.

One reader notes the connection between the isopod and a more familiar household pest: "The giant isopod is related to the "woodlouse"-- turns out this is the common bug that I grew up calling a "roly poly" or pillbug. Neat!"

Others were more disgusted with the crustacean. "I remember watching some documentary (Blue Planet maybe?) with a time lapse of these things swarming a whale carcass. it was horrifying," writes one reader. another

One reader saw nothing but dinner in the flesh of the behemoth bug, writing "It could be because I really like seafood, but those isopods look tasty. Land bugs = ew! Sea bugs = mm mmm good."







sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 20 Apr, 2010 02:41 pm
@edgarblythe,
Klepto octopus:

http://vimeo.com/10966874

(Not sure how to imbed non-Youtube videos -- I could look it up but just here for a minute.)

(Don't octopi seem to keep coming up in these things? They're smart.)
dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 20 Apr, 2010 07:45 pm
@sozobe,
Probably thought it was a nice tasty crab...though they do seem very curious!
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Thu 22 Apr, 2010 09:14 am


http://img717.imageshack.us/img717/8301/emsdog.jpg

CPR Dog to the rescue!
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SamTHorn
 
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Reply Thu 22 Apr, 2010 04:15 pm
@Robert Gentel,
All these photos are priceless. thanks for sharing.

~ Sam
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boomerang
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2010 05:25 pm
dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2010 05:29 pm
@boomerang,
Poor little darling!!! I've seen animals do that. It's a losing battle, of course.

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caribou
 
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Reply Sat 8 May, 2010 08:42 pm
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caribou
 
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Reply Sat 8 May, 2010 08:50 pm
This one is for osso.
caribou
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2010 09:48 pm
OMG, I killed the thread!
Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 25 Jun, 2010 10:05 pm
@caribou,
no, we just been waiting for you to come back...
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 04:36 am
@caribou,
Caribou, Omigod I loved that dawg. Let's get him on "So You Think You Can Dance.

Big smile.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 04:47 am
If a donkey mates with a horse you get a mule. What will be the result of this bizarre union?

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1284/1223477281_b0010f4b17.jpg
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jun, 2010 07:11 am
@Roberta,
If you thought Sodom and Gomorrah were bad...
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2010 07:29 am


http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/9216/jumpropex.jpg
panzade
 
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Reply Wed 30 Jun, 2010 08:40 am
Timely Trick

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