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Let's talk about the best weird animals!

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:27 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200407/s1165659.htm

The two new worm species are distantly related to worms found on underwater sea vents deep in the ocean and comprise their own new genus dubbed Osedax, which means "bone-devouring".
[...]
The females have an outer tube, an inner muscular trunk, an egg-carrying oviduct and little docking points for the microscopic males, the researchers report in Friday's issue of the journal Science.
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Then they looked closer and found the microscopic males inside the females, living off yolk left over from their larval stages, yet full of sperm.

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:29 (sixteen years ago) link

pangolin pangolin pangolin pangolin

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:33 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.2momluvme.com/muppet/animalpc.jpg

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:38 (sixteen years ago) link

So I was reading this collection of Stephen Jay Gould essays from 1985 called "The Flamingo's Smile" and he talks about these creatures that have been a source of biological debate for like a century now because they somewhat like a more complicated jellyfish, with a main body and gasbags and feeding tubes and arms and stuff like that, but each part is actually a seperate organism; ie, the reproductive organs are each a seperate living creature, the feeding tube is a seperate living creature, etc. Of course, none of these organisms could survive without the other, since the reproductive organ, for example, wouldn't be able to take in food or kill prey or anything. So the debate is whether this is one organism as a whole, or if it's a colony of seperate organisms. Gould's conclusion, of course, is that it is neither, that it exists on a continuum between organism and colony.

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:49 (sixteen years ago) link

I probably garbled that somewhat.

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:50 (sixteen years ago) link

It's a portugeuse man-o-war, innit?

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Larry Gowan!

Huck, Friday, 30 July 2004 20:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Came in clear as a whistle NA.

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:55 (sixteen years ago) link

I think it might be a portuegese man-o-war.

St. Nicholas (Nick A.), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Isn't that somewhat anomalous to mitochondria in our cells?

Michael White (Hereward), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Excellent post NA, too.

Can we get more than a name and pic, like say, a brief description of what makes its awesomeness?

xpost Michael do you mean analogous?

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v417/albaalba/pic22508.jpg

Naked mole rat.

Alba (Alba), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

(awesome because it looks like a penis with teeth, yes, obv.)

Alba (Alba), Friday, 30 July 2004 20:57 (sixteen years ago) link

flying fish
http://www.hoho.co.uk/assets/images/flying_fish.jpg

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:03 (sixteen years ago) link

Michael do you mean analogous?

Yes, but my brane is sputtering.

Michael White (Hereward), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:04 (sixteen years ago) link

aardvarks!

Maria D. (Maria D.), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Bats!

Maria D. (Maria D.), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Australia owns this thread. Wait, I'll find you a platypus.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:50 (sixteen years ago) link

WHY.

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:53 (sixteen years ago) link

I was just gonna say platypus. You're right about Australia. How many types of huge non-flying birds do you have?

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:53 (sixteen years ago) link

Well there's the emu of course. I don't know of any others. We have some weird sea animals too: step forward, box jellyfish!

the music mole (colin s barrow), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:56 (sixteen years ago) link

I love portugese man-o-wars! Im sure i'll have to deal with them a lot when I move to the azores.

Homosexual II (Homosexual II), Friday, 30 July 2004 21:57 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes, they're beautiful. Anyway, here's a box jellyfish having lunch:

http://www.reefed.edu.au/images/25-7-6.jpg

If one of these stings you, you die. The solution: wear stocking material. Transvestitism has never been so adviseable.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Isn't there a sea creature (like a nudibranch?) whose defense is inverting itself/spewing its inner organs at its predators and making its escape?

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:22 (sixteen years ago) link

you forgot about cassowaries! Those things are evil. I know there was another one, but I think it's extinct now.

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Cassowaries have those scary big claws used to disembowel!

I know there was another one, but I think it's extinct now.

That's the rhea which I believe is situated in South America. There was a gigantic flightless bird, something like 15 feet tall, but I think it went extinct during the Ice Age or summat.

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:38 (sixteen years ago) link

No, there was another one native to Australia.

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Flying squirrels (or am I thinking of another non-winged flyer/glider?) can glide for an incredibly long distance and land gently, with pin-point accuracy. I wonder if they on the path towards developing wings or not.

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:42 (sixteen years ago) link

meerkats look weird - yet cute

DJ Martian (djmartian), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:48 (sixteen years ago) link

After a bit of googling: do you mean the Moas of New Zealand?

The Dreaded Rear Admiral (Leee), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:49 (sixteen years ago) link

I think so, Lee. It was only mentioned in passing on a TV show.
That illustration looks like the costume Lisa's Brazillian penpal wore,

oops (Oops), Friday, 30 July 2004 22:51 (sixteen years ago) link

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/afp/20040726/worm.html?ct=8463.58144496666

But the tiny males are just a bag of sperm and yolk and have no mouth or gut. Instead they live inside the female, and survive on the store of yolk inside their own fatty bodies. Some large females have over 100 males living inside them.

oops (Oops), Sunday, 1 August 2004 17:41 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.dennisjudd.com/fun/fatcat.jpg

Gear! (Gear!), Sunday, 1 August 2004 17:47 (sixteen years ago) link

Has anybody an idea of what the inside of a marsupial's pouch is like? Is it dry, wet, warm, full of tapioca, what? Aussies, please help me.

x j e r e m y (x Jeremy), Sunday, 1 August 2004 19:41 (sixteen years ago) link

I love portugese man-o-wars! Im sure i'll have to deal with them a lot when I move to the azores.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 1 August 2004 21:40 (sixteen years ago) link

Has anybody an idea of what the inside of a marsupial's pouch is like? Is it dry, wet, warm, full of tapioca, what? Aussies, please help me.
-- x j e r e m y

You have seen that Simpsons episode? I've often wondered about that myself.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Sunday, 1 August 2004 21:44 (sixteen years ago) link

haha, Mandee, are you serious??

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 1 August 2004 21:52 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't think she is.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Sunday, 1 August 2004 21:54 (sixteen years ago) link

good, the concept of a fellow ILXor appearing on my turf was hurting my brane.

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 1 August 2004 22:03 (sixteen years ago) link

(I mean, it's the only novelty I have, and a crappy one at that, but still!)

Daniel_Rf (Daniel_Rf), Sunday, 1 August 2004 22:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Hey, I thought that was my novelty!

Tuomas (Tuomas), Sunday, 1 August 2004 22:09 (sixteen years ago) link

(ahem, aussies!)

x j e r e m y (x Jeremy), Sunday, 1 August 2004 22:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Starfish are weird; they're like some kind of space-alien creature. They pry apart oyster shells and then they turn their own stomachs inside-out and pull them through their mouths into the oyster shells to digest their prey before ingesting them.

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Sunday, 1 August 2004 23:15 (sixteen years ago) link

quokkas are kinda weird, like a cross between a rat, a wallaby and a meerkat

gem (trisk), Sunday, 1 August 2004 23:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Sorry, that comes off as gatekeepy! Whatever its taxonomy, it's a cool addition!

Mike Mignola Electric Co. (Leee), Sunday, 7 February 2021 17:43 (four months ago) link

https://www.wired.com/story/scientists-discover-strange-creatures-under-a-half-mile-of-ice
not super charismatic but the video is dope

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:11 (four months ago) link

Ibex are fucking insane btw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG9TMn1FJzc

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 February 2021 20:00 (four months ago) link

why not put out a salt lick you assholes

assert (MatthewK), Thursday, 18 February 2021 22:32 (four months ago) link

lol srsly

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:18 (four months ago) link

gotta get that sweet sweet footage

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 February 2021 23:30 (four months ago) link

re: Ibex, y'all really missed out on the "They crave that mineral" meme?

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Monday, 1 March 2021 18:09 (three months ago) link

new one on me. i am all for more ibex memes.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 1 March 2021 20:34 (three months ago) link

Glow in the dark shark dropped, at nearly six feet long it is the largest known bioluminescent vertebrate

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-56256808
http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/174D/production/_117356950_fmars-08-633582-g003.jpg

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 18:24 (three months ago) link

separately, cuttlefish show more restraint than gen xers
https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/03/cuttlefish-can-pass-the-marshmallow-test/

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 March 2021 18:25 (three months ago) link

yeah, i kept meaning to post that. what a fuckin' weirdo!

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 23:26 (three months ago) link

The urutaú, or ghost bird, is known for its cry similar to a human wail and is rarely seen during the day. pic.twitter.com/s90dQld7y8

— 🌊🌊Raymond Alvarado, LLM🌊🌊 (@Raymond_LLM) March 9, 2021

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 10 March 2021 23:49 (three months ago) link

Thirsty worms done in by their thirst: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cone-snail-venom-sea-worms-pheromones

Eleanor of Accutane (Leee), Friday, 19 March 2021 00:55 (three months ago) link

That Cornetto looks tasty.

mirostones, Friday, 19 March 2021 03:23 (three months ago) link

\m/__OO__\m/

http://i.imgur.com/1Y2sT35.png

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Friday, 19 March 2021 19:55 (three months ago) link

https://www.amnh.org/calendar/pteropods

Geologist Rosie Oakes will introduce us to the world of pteropods–tiny ocean creatures that migrate more than 650 feet (200 meters) every day from the surface to the bottom of the sea. Find out about the function of these fascinating critters within the larger ocean ecosystem, as well as their daily struggles as they fight predators, currents, and pollution in order to survive, in this family-friendly presentation.

Join the Facebook watch party on Thursday, March 25, at 2 pm ET, or view on this page at the designated time.

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 17:14 (two months ago) link

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/30/science/blackwater-photography-fish-larvae.html
This whole deep-sea photography piece is a delight but especially

http://i.imgur.com/BeRYITs.png

... which i am recommending people start posting as a meme to any music discussion where they're fed up with the dialogue

G.A.G.S. (Gophers Against Getting Stuffed) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 15:32 (two months ago) link

Who sez scientists don't have a sense of humor?

Ovid-19 (Leee), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 23:57 (two months ago) link

Microscopic wasps are weird:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb5Q-wQh4GI

Ovid-19 (Leee), Sunday, 4 April 2021 16:13 (two months ago) link

Ok, that's a weird one

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Tuesday, 6 April 2021 08:34 (two months ago) link

Lots of pterosaurs in the news lately: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/monkeydactyl-jurassic-pterosaur-oldest-fossil-opposable-thumbs

Tahini Coates (Leee), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 23:02 (two months ago) link

“I thought this method, the I.A.A. score, will be a great tool to investigate bird photographs in terms of aesthetic appeal and inform people which birds are the most photogenic,” said Dr. Hayn-Leichsenring, also a postdoctoral researcher at University Hospital Jena. “Or possibly, I just wondered why nobody likes my own bird photographs.”

Tahini Coates (Leee), Friday, 7 May 2021 20:43 (one month ago) link

uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
http://i.imgur.com/nrubdtl.png

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Monday, 10 May 2021 16:29 (one month ago) link

Also the polybutt worm definitely makes our threat to make a quiz out of weird animal butts that much closer to reality.

Tahini Coates (Leee), Thursday, 13 May 2021 23:14 (one month ago) link

butts ahoy

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 14 May 2021 21:49 (one month ago) link

it's a hot butt summer

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 May 2021 02:29 (one month ago) link

Yeti crabs eat bacteria:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgH0ThP0qtY

Hoatzins, the clawed (barely) flying cows of birds:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HytWfqWYUQ

Elementary, My Dear Hoatzin (Leee), Friday, 21 May 2021 00:55 (one month ago) link

Yeti crabs eat bacteria

Who amongst us etc etc

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 28 May 2021 02:40 (three weeks ago) link

and LO! there came THE TEETH OF THE WANDERING MEATLOAF to make your 3D printer more efficient

http://i.imgur.com/9VwBSme.png

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/science/mollusk-wandering-meatloaf-santabarbaraite.html

The gumboot chiton is not a glamorous creature. The large, lumpy mollusk creeps along the waters of the Pacific coast, pulling its reddish-brown body up and down the shoreline. It is sometimes known, not unreasonably, as “the wandering meatloaf.” But the chiton’s unassuming body hides an array of tiny but formidable teeth. These teeth, which the creature uses to scrape algae from rocks, are among the hardest materials known to exist in a living organism.

Now, a team of scientists has discovered a surprising ingredient in the chiton’s rock-hard dentition: a rare, iron-based mineral that previously had been found only in actual rocks. Tiny particles of the mineral, which is strong but lightweight, help harden the root of the mollusk’s teeth, the researchers reported in the journal PNAS on Monday.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 17:31 (three weeks ago) link

I should have been a meatloaf, wondering the floors of silent seas

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 12:40 (two weeks ago) link

Vocal mimicry is reasonably common in birds, but European starlings are particularly gifted mimics. As this clip shows. Just incredible. https://t.co/pbfGD8sT9b pic.twitter.com/9sLenFJ1az

— Steve Stewart-Williams (@SteveStuWill) June 5, 2021

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Tuesday, 8 June 2021 21:15 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/what-is-sea-snot
charming

Sea snot is more scientifically known as “marine mucilage,” and it’s an ecosystem of its own. In a 2009 paper in the journal PLOS One, a team of scientists led by Roberto Danovaro, a marine biologist at Italy’s Polytechnic University of Marche, described it as a “gelatinous” stage of marine snow, the jumble of organic material—such as feces and fragments of dead plants and animals—that drifts from the surface to the ocean floor.

The snot is produced by a bunch of microorganisms, one Turkish research team explained in a UNESCO bulletin called Harmful Algae News, especially microalgae known as diatoms. These petite algae are known to exude polysaccharides, sugary carbohydrates that can get quite sticky. Sampling sea snot that clotted several locations in the Sea of Marmara in 2007 and 2008, the researchers also identified species of dinoflagellates and more.

welcome to my nightmare
i think you're gonna like it

📹 Watch a moray eating on land, caught on video for the first time!

🎣While most fish need water to feed, a new study by @ucsc researcher Rita Mehta has found that snowflake moray eels have an extra set of jaws in their throats that allows them to grab & swallow prey on land. pic.twitter.com/Pf6Wi4EbCn

— UC Santa Cruz Science (@UCSCscience) June 14, 2021


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