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What the hell is this!?!

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by Scubakevdm, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Scubakevdm

    Scubakevdm ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Okay, I found it or another one and took a better picture of it. Again, I was with customers, and couldn't really camp out until I got "The Shot", but it certainly is better than the original.

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    You can see something just to the left of the "slime strand" where it meets the "body" that looks like it might be a hinged cap or something that.

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  2. SCUBAJENNIFER

    SCUBAJENNIFER Orca

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    Okay, so you got better pictures...but did you taste it?
     
  3. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm gonna guess that it's some sort of dead or dying tunicate ...

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
     
  4. HatchetJoe

    HatchetJoe Barracuda

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    Great! the better pictures clarified it for for me: it's a..............doohickey
     
  5. Deefstes

    Deefstes Loggerhead Turtle

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    :rofl3:

     
  6. joystershell

    joystershell Social Butterfly ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think it looks like a dangling dingleberry.
     
  7. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Trusty Shellback Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Well, unless it moved to a different place it's a different critter. In the first picture I was really leaning towards a piece of encrusted mono with a weight attached, but this one definitely doesn't look like that.
    Never seen anything like it in the wild or in a book...
    Maybe it's a Praxillura kevinsii, the "one horned praxillura," or "one blade windmill worm," just waiting for you to describe it.
    Rick
     
  8. Rick Murchison

    Rick Murchison Trusty Shellback Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    In looking around for what in the world this could be I did come across something interesting that looks mighty similar...
    There is this epibenthic amphipod, Dyopedos monacanthus, that constructs it's own "perch" on which to stand and pick plankton from the passing water - the "perch" and your mystery critter look mighty similar at the base, but D. monacanthus perches are usually standing up/out into the water column, not down, so I don't think that's it :)
    Rick

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  9. divingjade

    divingjade Angel Fish

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    Probably a sponge! Some sponges spread about by literally dripping off walls and overhangs, they then form new sponges where the drips land. Couldn't tell you which sponge though!
     
  10. divingjade

    divingjade Angel Fish

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    Now Ive seen the close ups definitely a sponge... demosponge but cant really tell you more then that without getting a sample....
     

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