Thursday, February 26, 2009

Under the Sea (and River!) News

Transparent fish






Since 1939, scientists have thought the "barreleye" fish Macropinna microstoma had "tunnel vision" due to eyes that were fixed in place. Now though, Monterey Bay Aquarium researchers show that the fish actually has a transparent head and the eyes rotate around inside of it.
Full article here.

Giant stingray caught




This baby-eating (baby-eating not verified) beast weighs 771 pounds and is 7 feet by 7 feet. It was found in a river. Imagine a mother-flippin' Yao Ming sized stingray coming atcha. Well, since it's 7 feet BY 7 feet, imagine TWO Yao Mings, coming at you in a T-shaped formation with vampire-like wings of death and a venomous sting on the butt. Full article here, originally spotted on Yahoo.

All of this supports my theory of a giant, possibly evil and soul-stealing octopus dwelling in the depths of the ocean somewhere waiting to wreak havoc. Soon my pretties, soon...

7 jewels of thought:

Alicia/InstantVintage said...

you don't want to get me started on the Nakamura jellyfish then...

Alicia/InstantVintage said...

Ok, so it's the Nomura jellyfish, but still.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/01/0119_060119_jellyfish.html

Chanel said...

sea life is truly extraordinary. that jellyfish is ridic!! lol... i used to live in Monterey Bay, so I looove hearing anything about the bay life there :)

Gem said...

Alicia: *screams* at the jellyfish.

Chanel: It's a whole, scary world down there!

ChocolateOrchid said...

Wow. That's a sci-fi fish!

And that doggone stingray! I went on a cruise once and swam with the stingrays. Had they been this size, I would've stayed on the boat!

Gem said...

I bet that was an amazing experience. I love swimming, snorkeling, etc. but I think I would be terrified of swimming with stingrays. Do you have pictures?

ChocolateOrchid said...

Girl, I wish!! I may have taken pictures before I got into the water. It was some years ago. I'll have to look and see.
I honestly was almost petrified when we got into the water. It was scary and exhilirating at the same time!!
Go figure!

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