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Here’s a Lobster You’ll Have to See to Believe — It Only Occurs Once in Every 50 Million

TheBlaze has reported on giant and even oddly colored lobsters over the last couple years, but none are quite so odd as this latest one. Trapped by a Massachusetts fisherman, “Pinchy” is perfectly two toned in color.

Rare Black and Orange Lobster Split Trapped Just Before Halloween

This image released by the New England Aquarium shows a two-toned female lobster. (Photo: AP/New England Aquarium, Emily Bauernseind)

The New England Aquarium said it’s a 1-pound female lobster with a rare coloration known as a split. Marine officials say such coloration is estimated to occur once in every 50 million lobsters. The Boston Globe reported that scientists believe the condition results in the lobster’s early cellular development.

The fisherman who caught the seasonally colored crustacean in a trap last week is from Beverly, a seaside community 20 miles northeast of Boston.

Don’t believe this little lady is real? Here’s a video of it moving around:

The Globe reports this lobster bearing the name “Pinchy,” after a lobster in an episode of “The Simpsons.”

Aquarium officials said Wednesday splits have been caught in Maine, Rhode Island and Nova Scotia in the last 10 years.

(H/T: Gawker)

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Related:

NH man snares rare, cobalt-blue lobster

November 6, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Related Education, animals, Just One More Pet, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Supergiant’ Crustacean 20 Times Larger Than Usual Surprise Scientists

‘Supergiant’ Crustacean 20 Times Larger Than Usual Surprise Scientists

 

Amphipods, a type of crustacean whose body is divided into 13 segments, are generally less than 10 millimeters — 0.39 inch — in length. Now, imagine the surprise scientists had when they found some 20 times that size.

Scientists at the University of Aberdeen have announced finding amphipods so big that drawing the analogy between humans and the Incredible Hulk isn’t even a big enough comparison. They’re so giant, they are being called “supergiant”.

Giant Amphipods Found Off Coast of New Zealand

"Supergiant" Amphipod (Photo: University of Aberdeen Oceanlab)

OurAmazingPlanet reports that the “insects of the sea” were found in a deep sea trench off the coast of New Zealand:

“We pulled up the trap, and lying among the fish were these absolutely massive amphipods, and there was no inkling whatsoever that these things should be there,” said Alan Jamieson, a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and leader of the expedition that turned up the fantastical creatures in November 2011.

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“They actually don’t feel real,” Jamieson told OurAmazingPlanet. “They feel like plastic toys. They have a waxy texture to them.”

OurAmazingPlanet notes that the largest of the amphipods found was nearly a foot long.

Giant Amphipods Found Off Coast of New Zealand

(Photo: University of Aberdeen Oceanlab)

This isn’t the first time amphipods of this size had been found though. OurAmazingPlanet reports that supergiant amphipods were found in the 1980s off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands but little was seen of them since then. When Jamieson’s team returned to the same spot in New Zealand a week later, the crustaceans were gone. On the University of Aberdeen’s Oceanlab website, Jamieson also notes that they had searched the trench twice before without ever seeing the animals.

The team is now trying to figure out if the supergiants they caught are the same as those seen near Hawaii in the 1980s. They will also try to see if there was a selective advantage that caused them to grow so large.

[H/T Gizmodo] – The Blaze

February 4, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Unusual Stories, Wild Animals | , , | Leave a comment

Seahorses – Designed or Evolved?

One of the most fascinating creatures in the ocean is the seahorse.

With their distinctive horse-shaped head, S-curved bodies, coiled tails, and variety of colors they almost look like some kind of mythological creature.

Did you know that it is the male seahorse that gives live birth to their young?  The males have a pouch on their abdomen where they carry the fertilized eggs until they hatch.

While most seahorses are fairly plain in appearance like the one shown above, others have elaborate growths all over their bodies that help to camouflage them from predators and potential prey.  Some of them, such as the leafy sea dragon have so much camouflage that they are very difficult to distinguish from some of the sea grasses and sea weed that grows in the waters where they live.

Most seahorses will use their coiled tails to wrap around a branch or something to hold them in place as they wait for smaller creatures to swim by.  Then with lightning speed, they strike out and suck in the unsuspecting critter.  They feed mostly on small crustaceans, but will eat anything that they can fit through their narrow snouts.

Evolutionists believe that seahorses evolved from pipefish because of the similarity in the shape of the head and snout and that some pipefish look like straightened seahorses.   

Now, one evolutionist, Sam Van Wassenbergh of the University of Antwerp in Belgium, believes that he has discovered why the seahorses evolved their S shaped curves and horse-like heads.  Wassenbergh used high-speed filming along with mathematical models to help him determine that seahorses can strike at more distant prey than their pipefish ancestors do.

He observed that as seahorses sat and waited for small crustaceans to swim by would rotate their heads toward the prey and then using their curved necks were able to strike out at greater distances than the straight bodied pipefish.  Based upon his observations, Wassenbergh concluded that some ancestral pipefish evolved a more cryptic lifestyle.  As they developed the sit-and-wait behavior, it meant that they needed to be able to turn their heads and reach out further in order to capture their dinner.  In order to capture more prey, they became more S-shaped and evolved their horse-like heads until they evolved into seahorses that we see today.

Since pipefish and seahorses both still exist, wouldn’t one expect to see at least one or two transitional intermediates swimming around?

It always amazes me how often evolutionists attribute some sense of directive choice in the evolutionary process of plants and animals.  In the case of the seahorse, Wassenbergh believes that because the ancestral pipefish changed their behavior to a sit-and-wait hunting style that they realized they needed to change their physical shape to make this new hunting behavior more successful.  I wonder how many pipefish starved to death during the time it took them to evolve their new heads and body shape?

A more plausible explanation for the unique shape of seahorses is that they were designed that way from the beginning when God created all of the sea creatures on Day 5 of Creation.  Since then, seahorses, like most other creatures, have experienced a degree of speciation resulting in the numerous colors and unique body appendages we see today.

Reference

Why Are Seahorses Shaped Like That?, Red Orbit News, Jan. 26, 2011.

February 6, 2011 Posted by | animals, Just One More Pet, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | , , , , , , | Leave a comment