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Chippewa
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Posted - 06/22/2010 :  13:22:07  Show Profile  Visit Chippewa's Homepage Send Chippewa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Described as "The world's 50 Freakiest Animals"

Some of the folks here are familiar with most or all of these critters. Note: If you open this at work, the website is rather boorish and uses obscenities in some of the descriptions.

http://www.jamesgunn.com/2009/07/02/evolution-fucked-your-shit-up-the-worlds-50-freakiest-animals/

Thanks to David Brin who also linked to this off of his Facebook page.

Diversity, independence, innovation and imagination are progressive concepts ultimately alien to the conservative mind.

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filthy
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Posted - 06/22/2010 :  15:33:04   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Chippewa

Described as "The world's 50 Freakiest Animals"

Some of the folks here are familiar with most or all of these critters. Note: If you open this at work, the website is rather boorish and uses obscenities in some of the descriptions.

http://www.jamesgunn.com/2009/07/02/evolution-fucked-your-shit-up-the-worlds-50-freakiest-animals/

Thanks to David Brin who also linked to this off of his Facebook page.

Neat site and the photography is excellent. I have at least a passing familiarity with all but a couple of them, but, when it comes to freaky fauna, I can come up with some beauts.



Surinam Toad delivering offspring



Eastern Hellbender Salamander



File Snake




Alligator Snapping Turtle




Gila Monster




Electric Eel




Dust Mite


Say, this is fun! I could go on but I'll leave some room for others who might like to freak.






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The Rat
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Posted - 06/22/2010 :  16:48:36   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hagfish, snot-monster extraordinaire:



Oops, just noticed that one is on there, (must read post before replying.)

Bailey's second law; There is no relationship between the three virtues of intelligence, education, and wisdom.

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Edited by - The Rat on 06/22/2010 16:50:40
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filthy
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Posted - 06/22/2010 :  17:02:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by The Rat

Hagfish, snot-monster extraordinaire:



Oops, just noticed that one is on there, (must read post before replying.)

Hags are very ancient and downright neat. There is a huge commerical market for them; if you buy an eel skin belt, you will be wearing one.

Here's somethng similar, also jawless:



Sea Lamprey




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"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


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The Rat
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Posted - 06/22/2010 :  18:32:18   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Agnatha are just plain weird.

Bailey's second law; There is no relationship between the three virtues of intelligence, education, and wisdom.

You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church? - The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Blackadder II

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The Rat
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Posted - 06/23/2010 :  04:56:20   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Cuban solenodon


Bailey's second law; There is no relationship between the three virtues of intelligence, education, and wisdom.

You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church? - The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Blackadder II

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filthy
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Posted - 06/23/2010 :  05:50:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by The Rat

Cuban solenodon



Not familiar with that one. It looks like a shrew, but I'm not so sure. I'll look it up later.

How 'bout Haemadipsa picta:



The Tiger Leech


"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

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The Rat
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Posted - 06/23/2010 :  06:32:48   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit The Rat's Homepage Send The Rat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by filthy


Not familiar with that one. It looks like a shrew, but I'm not so sure.


Only distantly related. It's also one of the few venomous mammals, with grooved teeth for delivery. There is another species on Hispaniola.


Bailey's second law; There is no relationship between the three virtues of intelligence, education, and wisdom.

You fiend! Never have I encountered such corrupt and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the Church? - The Bishop of Bath and Wells, Blackadder II

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On fire for Christ
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Posted - 06/23/2010 :  10:32:37   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send On fire for Christ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What amazing proof of God's imagination

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Chippewa
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Posted - 06/23/2010 :  12:44:53   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Chippewa's Homepage Send Chippewa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Limbaugh, a hideous creature:


Diversity, independence, innovation and imagination are progressive concepts ultimately alien to the conservative mind.

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Posted - 06/23/2010 :  12:53:02   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by On fire for Christ

What amazing proof of God's imagination

Or Delirium tremens, because you look at some of the creatures and ask, "Why?"

For example, Eurypharynx pelecanoides:


The Umbrellamouth Gulper




"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

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sailingsoul
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Posted - 06/23/2010 :  13:50:33   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send sailingsoul a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What a perfect chance to show this, something new from Dawkins, a week ago. Yet another example of how we are probably descended from earlier life forms (evolution) and not created separately over a few days by a master designer or any other such fantasy. This actually shows how an "intelligent" designer didn't design a giraffe or did a very stupid job. The evidence is there for all who wish to see the facts. Of course putting one's fingers in their ears and chanting La la la works miracles. SS

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sailingsoul
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Posted - 06/23/2010 :  14:28:48   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send sailingsoul a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Chippewa

The Limbaugh, a hideous creature:



The most disgusting yet, hands down SS

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filthy
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Posted - 06/23/2010 :  17:51:01   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
To be freaky, something doesn't have to be ugly and disgusting. indeed, "freaky" can be quite beautiful. Here is a Spanish Dancer, a nudibranch (Hexabranchus sanguineus):






"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

Brother Boot Knife of Warm Humanitarianism,

and Crypto-Communist!

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Chippewa
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Posted - 06/24/2010 :  00:34:58   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Chippewa's Homepage Send Chippewa a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by filthy

..."freaky" can be quite beautiful. Here is a Spanish Dancer, a nudibranch (Hexabranchus sanguineus)


True. Here's a video clip of one swimming, and there are other various nudibranch videos on this YouTube page:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwpexfYnlDE&NR=1

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Posted - 06/24/2010 :  03:09:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Freaky can also be tiny and commonplace. Here is a pea crab, Pinnotheres pisum, ensconced in a mussel.



When found in a raw oyster and eaten with it, they have a slightly, tart flavor.




"What luck for rulers that men do not think." -- Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

"If only we could impeach on the basis of criminal stupidity, 90% of the Rethuglicans and half of the Democrats would be thrown out of office." ~~ P.Z. Myres


"The default position of human nature is to punch the other guy in the face and take his stuff." ~~ Dude

Brother Boot Knife of Warm Humanitarianism,

and Crypto-Communist!

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