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Re: Slugs?

Postby Skarlet » Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:55 pm

On the bbc website they have pictures of jellyfish, the last one is a sea angel, which is a shellless snail. and its beautiful.

http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/eart ... 231553.stm
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Re: Slugs?

Postby Bel Bel » Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:34 pm

Snail please put your clothes back on you are making some ppers blush :lol:

Skarlet - they are amazing. Nature really is beautiful in so many ways and the sea hides so many gorgeous creatures
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Re: Slugs?

Postby Bel Bel » Wed Sep 02, 2009 3:41 pm

some more amazing sea creatures including sea slugs

http://www.supiri.com/nature/ocean-life ... creatures/
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Re: Slugs?

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:35 am

I liked the second last one Skarlet...Did I ever mention...I am scared of Jellyfish....I RUN out the water full belt if there is anything that resembles a jelly fish...I'm getting better now. I once had trouble walking past a HUGE jellyfish enclosure once; I had to walk past it to get around; it wasn't like I could have avoided it.
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Re: Slugs?

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:38 am

Bel Bel wrote:some more amazing sea creatures including sea slugs

http://www.supiri.com/nature/ocean-life ... creatures/


the Blobfish looked funny, I liked the seahorse; imagine being only 15mm big...

As for the first fish; I once caught a fish like that once in Devon. We were on a fishing trip everyone else on the boat had caught a fish and when my line EVENTUALLY tugged I pulled something that looked like that; the man in charge said "keep it over the side it's poisonous"...He took it off the hook with a towel and threw it back...it was UGLY!
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Re: Slugs?

Postby snail » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:38 am

When I first saw a picture of a pteropod (sea angel type things) I remember I couldn't believe a snail had evolved swimming wings and started swimming around in open waters instead of being on the bottom - it seemed such an absurd way to go, in evolutionary terms, particularly as many of them still have shells too. Scarily, the one you've mentioned above feeds on other pteropods.

I studied biological oceanography as part of my degree and some of the deep sea fishes were so unbelievable I just couldn't accept they were real, it had to be a big hoax, such as the Pelican eel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelican_eel and Sloan's viperfish http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=h ... 1&ct=image

Then my tutor brought in some of her own specimens, and they really were just like the pictures! Some of these fish even have their own 'night vision' - through bioluminescence they can create and produce their own light which is of such a low wavelength it is invisible to the eye, apart from their own eyes, which have evolved to pick it up. They shine it around down there to see their prey. The prey will be lit up and clearly visible, but without being able to see anything themselves. . .
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Re: Slugs?

Postby Skarlet » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:52 am

I think they look amazing. Wish I had pursued science instead of history.

I love these kind of pictures, although not sure I would want to get upclose and personal.
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Re: Slugs?

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Sep 03, 2009 10:13 am

Skarlet wrote:I love these kind of pictures, although not sure I would want to get upclose and personal.


Me neither.

The viperfish looked evil; I've seen programmes on the fish with their own light source; it's amazing really.

Oh as an aside note Snail; I was thinking of getting some cold water snails :)
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Re: Slugs?

Postby Bel Bel » Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:44 am

That viper fish is really scary looking. :shock:
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Re: Slugs?

Postby Bel Bel » Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:05 pm

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Re: Slugs?

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:22 pm

The first lettuce slug was amazing to look at :)
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Re: Slugs?

Postby snail » Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:37 pm

dipsydoodlenoodle wrote:Oh as an aside note Snail; I was thinking of getting some cold water snails :)


Oo, what type? For the pond or the aquarium?
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Re: Slugs?

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:17 am

snail wrote:
dipsydoodlenoodle wrote:Oh as an aside note Snail; I was thinking of getting some cold water snails :)


Oo, what type? For the pond or the aquarium?


For my fish tank (coldwater) when I get my new one and probably the apple snails (thats all the shops sell).
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Re: Slugs?

Postby snail » Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:01 am

Apple snails are tropical really, but if the temperature of your house stays steady that should be OK. If you want genuine cold water snails you usually have to look for those marketed as pond snails.
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Re: Slugs?

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Fri Sep 04, 2009 9:57 am

Ok :) They sell them with goldfish in the same tank. I just assumed. The temperature stays steady; the water in my tank heats up a lot at times; my fish like the ice cold and the warm water. Posh fish keepers would HATE my tank; although my fish like it :). I'll look for pond snails; they'll probably be in the outdoor tanks :( When I get my new tank I'll maybe get some if I can find nice ones and I can quaranteen them in the "old tank" - do they eat algae and fish food (we use Tetra Fin)? - the man in the shop with pink flowery glasses said they did but I figured you might give me more honest advice.
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