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Un-IDed specimens

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by ringojcp, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. ringojcp

    ringojcp Angel Fish

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    if you guys have any pictures that has yet to be id, you can post them here or email them to me and I can id them for you. my credits you ask? Former marine science consultant and aquarium curator for NOAA, Tybee Island Marine Science Foundation and The City of Tybee
    Just figure that I can share myself as a source
    reptilians are also welcome
     
  2. Mike Newman

    Mike Newman Master Instructor

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    That's a great offer - and a generous one. I expect that you'll be inundated. Standby for pics from my next trip (sadly, the Great Lakes don't produce too much wildlife!)
     
  3. ringojcp

    ringojcp Angel Fish

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    can't wait
     
  4. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

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    I just pm'd you this...

    No pix, but a heck of a description.

    27 feet deep, S coast of Roatan Honduras, in a loose sand chute with coral rip rap- night time, August/Coral Spawn, Blood worms, the full magilla.

    When I saw it I thought it was fiberglass packing tape on the bottom.

    It was a worm (?). About 1" wide and maybe 1/4" thick. Whitish. It was strung thru the broken corals at hard angles (looking like packing tape). Light made it constrict, so I shuttered my light and called my buddy. We measured it and what we could see was maybe 22 feet exposed.

    It constricted and withdrew into a hole pretty rapidly with further light... didn't see the head.

    I have seen huge worms in the Maldives and the souther Pacific quite regularly, but have never seen one of these long white flat worms since.

    Any ideas?
     
  5. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    22 feet? Sounds like a tiger tail cucumber, with the water blown out.

    Large medusa (spaghetti) worms can possess feeding tentacles several feet long, and the big ones are flattish. But normally you get multiple tentacles all converging on the worm's burrow, and 22 feet for one tentacle is rather... nuts.
     
  6. ringojcp

    ringojcp Angel Fish

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    he also said packing tape, i pmed you, draw me something? also, a tiger tail cue doesn't get that large in the wild
     
  7. LeslieH

    LeslieH Barracuda

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    Don't be greedy, Ringojcp - others want to play as well! :wink:

    As for this flat packing-tape worm, it sounds far more like a nemertean than anything else.
     
  8. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

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    I'm trying not to ask for a picture of a nermetean, but then again, I only saw it in it's entireity. Not in detail.

    We measured it with lengths of my 27" free diving fins.

    I twarn't no Tiger Tail I'd ever seen. I've seen Spaghetti Woerms- once again, maybe 1" wide x 1/4" thick and waaaaay long.

    I was with another long time Caribbean diver- he was at a losss, as was I.

    We spoke with Doc Radawski (noted old time critter expert on Roatan) and he said, "Dunno, It's a big ocean out there".
     
  9. LeslieH

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  10. bennedc

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    ringojcp,

    I don't have any specimen to i.d., but I would like to comment on the BEST FRIGGIN FOOD I HAVE EVER EATEN at the Crab Shack on Tybee...OMG...

    Hubby and I took a trip to Savannah and stopped at Tybee one afternoon...AWESOME...

    Is there diving out of Tybee or Savannah?
     

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