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Offline Madidus_Scientia

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« on: 27/07/2008 15:07:39 »
My friends went camping and fishing (without me :( ) and came across this thing. Does anyone know what is is?





They said when they first found it it was attached to the stick in the video and looked like a piece of seaweed.
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« Reply #1 on: 27/07/2008 15:52:25 »
Looks like a sea spider.

Giant sea spiders...
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« Reply #2 on: 27/07/2008 18:27:17 »
yewwwk!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 28/07/2008 05:24:35 »
ah, indeed it does. thanks. I've been looking through images of sea spiders on google image search but i can't seem to find one that looks like that one in particular, see how it has sort of leaf/feather looking things coming off its legs? It would be so perfectly camoflaged in seaweed. Its a pretty cool little critter, i want one for a pet :P
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« Reply #4 on: 28/07/2008 22:50:06 »
I'm pretty sure it's a type of polychaete worm - possibly in the family Sabellidae (feather duster worms).  I remember seeing them on 'Blue Planet'
 

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« Reply #5 on: 29/07/2008 07:50:41 »
hmmm nah i reckon RD is right cause its got 8 appendages and moves the same way as the ones in the vid he pasted
 

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« Reply #6 on: 29/07/2008 22:05:51 »
I think you need to count again, a bit more carefully.

It's related to these tubeworms

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Reef0200.jpg
 

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« Reply #7 on: 30/07/2008 10:49:04 »
Hmm ok you could be right, the feathery sort of appendages in that pic do look like the ones from our mystery creature, and my friends did say that when they first saw it it just looked like a plant growing upright out of that stick. But even if it has more than 8 appendages it doesn't seem to have anything near the number of appendages tubeworms usually do, or do you think its growing them in sequence? (i mean growing a few long ones then growing new ones instead of a hundred all at once) Or some were bitten off by a predator?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 30/07/2008 18:01:17 »
hmmm nah i reckon RD is right cause its got 8 appendages and moves the same way as the ones in the vid he pasted

The youtube link I posted shows giant sea spiders on the ocean floor which have more than eight legs.

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The number of walking legs is usually eight (four pairs), but species with five and six pairs exist.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_spider
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« Reply #9 on: 30/07/2008 22:09:52 »
The one I remember seeing on Blue Planet had (from memory) about twenty to thirty tentacles - less than the one I linked to on wikimedia, but more than your one, which does seem a bit 'sparse'.  Apparently there are more than 10,000 different types though, and they vary widely in form.

If anyone's still not sure I'll dig out the DVDs and get a screen grab - just got to remember which prog it was on.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 24/08/2008 11:59:05 »
Turns out its neither, its actually a feather star. http://www.elasmodiver.com/BCMarinelife/images/Feather-star.jpg
 

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« Reply #11 on: 24/08/2008 12:54:18 »
They do look very similar




But I'd like to see video of a feather-star moving to be sure.
The feather-star (right) looks like it has roots in the sea floor, the other one does not appear to have these root-like features.
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« Reply #12 on: 24/08/2008 21:10:13 »
Ok - I'll go with that.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 25/08/2008 09:26:57 »
Here's a couple of videos of different species of feather star moving,
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they move in much the same way.

Also, if you zoom right in on the original photo you can see some little white leg kind of things coming out under the body, I believe these are the root-like features.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crinoid
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« Reply #14 on: 26/08/2008 00:15:35 »
Definitely a feather-star Madidus.

This video shows the "feathers" spreading on the downstroke limbs...

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