Name That Animal December 24, 2011 ~ YesBiscuit Anyone not madly dashing about in holiday traffic? Post your best guess in the comments – no researching. Answer will be posted in the comments later today. Share this:EmailTwitterFacebookTumblrPinterestRedditPrintLinkedInPocketTelegramWhatsAppSkypeLike this:Like Loading... Related
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Krikies, without cheating, ya got me on this one! It’s not a moray eel, I don’t think….whatever s/he is, they don’t breed ’em for beauty, eh?
Is it some kind of eel? It doesn’t look real!!
Looks like some prehistoric somethin’ somethin.
Don’t know but I think it was one of the sea creatures in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”.
I think that is the same creature they thought the Lochness Monster was. They thought it extinct, but now they question whether it is or isn’t….
just don’t know what it’s called, sorry…
I can’t recall the actual name, but its a type of shark (serpent shark? ghost shark? something like that I’d google it but then I’d be disqualified), often found in the deep waters off Japan and believed to be the origin of the sea serpent myths.
Hope you’re right, that is waaaay cool!
Oh Dog, put it back in your pants!
No clue. I love fishing.. I hope I never catch one of these.
Okay, tell us already! arrrgghhhh
ANSWER TIME (since Morgana is so impatient)
Ruth came the closest to getting this one as she had everything but the name. This is a frill shark, also known as a frilled shark. From a page about the animal on the Discovery site:
Oh, crumbs! One I know cold for once, and I’m too late!
Oh sure, saying that 4 seconds after I post the answer is a leetle suspicious, doncha think? haha. Actually you know a lot of these animals and my hat is off to anyone who does. For the record, I never know any of them and would be hard pressed to come up with a reasonable sounding guess.
They have a gestation period of 3.5 years. And no thats not a typo. :)
I KNEW it was a shark, but couldn’t for the life of me recall the name. It was driving me nuts.
I think Santa should leave you an extra piece of chocolate in your stocking for not Googling.
Well, I DID see pictures of them in a slideshow (weird sharks or something like that) only a few months ago, or I’d have not had any more of an idea than anyone else. Between the odd looks and the extra long gestation period they stuck in my brain.
It’s also been suggested they may be responsible for some sea-serpent reports, between the terminal mouth (that is, not underslung, the way most modern sharks have), frilly gills (the ‘mane’ reported on some sea-serpents) and long slinky body. I’m unconvinced, though, because they’re such deep water critters.
Sharks are just *neat.* Well, except for cookie cutters. Those give me the heebie-jeebies.
Good grief! Where do you find these beautiful creatures?? I sure hope I am not out swimming somewhere and run into this thing!!!