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‘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

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

Radiation Poisoning? "Scientists Fear Entire Ocean Affected"

Symptoms Similar To Radiation Poisoning Killing Seals/Walruses – Russia, Alaska, Canada – Scientists Fear Could Be Infecting Entire Ocean

From link to hisz.rsoe.hu
"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared a recent rash of seal deaths to be an "unusual mortality event" on Tuesday. More than 60 seals have died and 75 found diseased in Alaska with skin sores and patchy hair loss. The Fish and Wildlife Service has also identified diseased and dead walruses."
"In most cases, necropsies and lab tests have revealed skin lesions, fluid in the lungs, white spots on the liver, and abnormal growths in the brain. Some of the seals and walruses have undersized lymph nodes, possibly a sign of weakened immune systems."
From link to hisz.rsoe.hu
"A mysterious and potentially widespread disease is thought to have contributed to the deaths of dozens of ringed seals along Alaska’s Arctic coast. Scores more are sickened, some so ill that skin lesions bleed when touched. The animals are an important subsistence food, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has proposed listing them as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act."
""Right now we’re leaning toward it being a virus, and that could weaken their immune system,""
"Reports of nearly 150 other seals with the illness have come in from villages outside Barrow, population 4,200, as well as from Chukotka, Russia, and Tuktoyuktak, a village on the northwestern corner of Canada, Herreman said."
"He’s concerned the illness will spread up the food chain, affecting other animals and hunters near Kotzebue Sound."
""I’m scared they might pass it on one way or another and the whole ocean could be affected," Shiedt said. Folks in the Barrow region also are worried. Many of the Slope’s Inupiat residents are about to begin hunting for seals, and some are wondering if they are safe to eat, Herreman said."
"The sickest ones don’t move much on the beaches and they have blisters or wounds that bleed easily, including around the nose, eyes and especially the rear flippers. Others have lost much of their hair. "They’re not deathly skinny. It’s not like they’re dying from malnutrition."
What are radiation poisoning symptoms?
link to www.buzzfeed.com

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Source: Before Its News – Cross-Posted at True Health Is True Wealth

December 23, 2011 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Pet Health, Pet Nutrition, We Are All God's Creatures, Wild Animals | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rare Pink Dolphin On The Brink Of Extinction

Video:  Rare Pink Dolphin On The Brink Of Extinction

June 14, 2011 Posted by | animal behavior, Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Wild Animals | , , , , | 1 Comment

Killing Whales To Save Them??

Japanese scientists are worried that climate change is making whales skinnier. But they killed 4,500 whales to get the data, in defiance of international opinion. 

What do you think? Does the end justify the means? And is it good use of resources to butcher those whales and sell the meat?        

The Save the Whales movement has been fairly effective, but so-called “scientific” whale hunting by the Japanese has been the most hated loophole. Now we have some actual, useful scientific results, but at a very high cost. 

Some scientists have argued that the research results shouldn’t have been published, because it was unethical to collect the data through sham research that was thinly disguised commercial whale hunting. 

Whales have been the subject of heated debate for centuries, including a raging controversy in the early 1800’s over whether or not a whale is a fish. What seems like a biological question blew up over religious implications and lucrative taxes on fish products. 

Now will we see whales at the center of another culture clash, the global warming debate? For the sake of whales, I hope not.

Posted by Mark Powell

September 21, 2008 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Political Change | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment