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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

Giant eyeball on FL beach

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Photo: (AP) Made available by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shows a giant eyeball from a mysterious sea creature that washed ashore and was found by a man walking the beach in Pompano Beach, Fla. on Wednesday. No one knows what species the huge blue eyeball came from. The eyeball will be sent to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, FL.

MIAMI (AP) — It’s not that body parts never wash ashore on Florida beaches. But usually it’s not an eye the size of a softball.

State wildlife officials are trying to determine the species of a blue eyeball found by a man Wednesday at Pompano Beach, north of Fort Lauderdale. They put the eyeball on ice so it can be analyzed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.

Agency spokeswoman Carli Segelson says the eyeball likely came from a marine animal, since it was found on a beach. Possible candidates include a giant squid, a whale or some type of large fish.

October 15, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Just One More Pet, Unusual Stories | , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Fisheries Service Announces Plan to Curb Sea Turtle Deaths After 900 Wash Ashore in the Gulf

US Fisheries Service Announces Plan to Curb Sea Turtle Deaths After 900 Wash Ashore in the Gulf

Environmentalists Denounce the Plan as ‘Too Little Too Late” Vowing Court Action
After the lifeless carcasses of over 900 endangered sea turtles have washed up on Gulf beaches from Texas to Florida in the past few months, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has finally decided to consider action,announcing plans today to begin a lengthy process to address the carnage.  This action comes after Turtle Island Restoration Network along with partner conservation groups, notified the agency May 31 of its intent to sue over the government’s failure to protect endangered sea turtles from entanglement and drowning in shrimp trawls.

Click here to download the NMFS plans for EIS scoping.
"With nearly a 1,000 dead sea turtles already washed up on Gulf beaches, NMFS actions to start a multi-month process while the slaughter continues is unconscionable," said Dr. Chris Pincetich of Turtle Island Restoration Network.
“The government knows that turtles die when there is shrimping activity, but they have delayed action for months,” said Carole Allen, Gulf Office Director of Sea Turtle Restoration Project.  “Even as scoping sessions are held, more turtles will die. This is too little, too late for hundreds of sea turtles.”  She continued,  “The government has always known that Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) are needed on all types of shrimp trawls,” said Allen. 
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that biologists at the federal agency were aware of the problem, but could not get decision-makers in their agency to act. An internal email between Fisheries biologists stated:

“A defeatist attitude has sunk in with regard to increasing/improving    enforcement efforts and thereby improving TED compliance in the fishery. Basically nothing would be done unless a mandate came down from Dr. Lubchenco stating that this would be an enforcement priority.”

Federal inspectors in Louisiana found only 3of 29 shrimping nets had legal TEDs, and 21 were found with TEDs which “would result in the capture and death of a sea turtle” including several of the escape hatches that were sewn shut. No fines or penalties were assessed by NMFS despite the obvious violations. Click here to download emails and TEDs inspection reports from the FOIA.
All five species of sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico are endangered; yet, virtually no action has been taken to protect them after record numbers of dead turtles have been reported this Spring. The over 900 dead turtles that have washed ashore this year represents nearly 18,000 drowned turtles, according to NMFS’ own formula that assumes only one in 20 dead turtles will wash ashore and are found.

A statement from James Lecky, Director of the NMFS Office of Protected Resources, states that NMFS will evaluate a “range of reasonable alternatives” to reduce sea turtle bycatch and mortality in the shrimp fishery of the southeastern United States.  They will consider requiring all skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls and butterfly trawls in the Atlantic and Gulf area to use TEDs in both state and federal waters.

"After sea turtles in the Gulf were hammered by the BP oil spill, they need more protection, not less, yet the very agency (NMFS) responsible for their protection has announced a plan designed to cover their butts, instead of taking the obvious action necessary to end the carnage," said Todd Steiner, biologist and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network.

"NMFS has a legal obligation to close down shrimping until they can guarantee that they can enforce the law of the land– that every active shrimp net has a properly installed TED.  If they don’t act to stop the massacre immediately, we’ll see them in Court very soon” Pincetich concluded.

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Turtle Island Restoration Network is an international marine conservation organization with offices in Texas and California whose 35,000 members and online activists work to protect sea turtles and marine biodiversity in the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.SeaTurtles.org.

Sea Turtle Restoration Project • PO Box 370 • Forest Knolls, CA 94933, USA
Phone: +1 415 663 8590 • Fax: +1 415 663 9534 • info@seaturtles.org

June 28, 2011 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Animal Rescues, animals, Just One More Pet, Political Change, 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