Amphibian mutant squid found in a spanish island port

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  1. Antropoteuthis

    Antropoteuthis Cuttlefish Registered

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    Whoever is able of reading spanish here is the original news:

    http://www.menorca.info/menorca/130616/lodos/puerto/sospechosos/creado/mutacion



    Scientists of the Department of Biology of the Universitat of Illes Balears will present to them in the number of April of the prestigious scientific magazine “Ocean discovery” what could be the result of the incidence of the polluting elements of extracted muds of the port of Maó in the ecosystem. One has been being a mutation of a common calamary, extracted for weeks by a fisherman mahonés, whose name has not extended since it prefers to remain in the anonymity.
    The calamary presents/displays a color something more greenish than the habitual target, with rojillos spots and ignited eyes, is more streamlined and less has two tentacles of the habitual thing. Their dimensions are also something superior to the conventional thing. However, which really has surprised the scientific community is that their vital constants have not undergone alteration some in spite of already taking some weeks outside the water. Therefore, one would be the first found amphibious cephalopod in the Mediterranean.
    The discovery has been put in knowledge of scientists of the pretigiosa University of Stanford, whose Department of Biology is advanced of the world in strange species. In fact, antropomorfus, mejillón with capacity counts on a Nobel prize of Sciences as a result of the finding of musculus to desalt to the water.
    The first made analyses have located inside the digestive system of the calamary coincident polluting elements with the detected ones in muds extracted recently in the port of Maó. The unit has been baptized by the specialists of the UIB with the scientific name of loligo maonesis (at the moment without it hews with an axe, to the delay of which the complaint made by a group of the city is solved on the matter) although colloquially already “calamardo” is called to him.
    The complete report of the made searches will occur to know in press conference the next week, with presence of the maximum Balearic scientific authorities insulares and.
    Controversy
    From the GOB has been indicated that “calamardo” demonstrates clearly the validity of the arguments presented/displayed in its day to be against to the spill of extracted muds of the port in natural means. “Today it has been a calamary, tomorrow can be a quick shave and passed one gilded”, it explains the ecological organization in an official notice. The GOB alerts of in question possibility of a depredadora species that can end the common calamaries and alters the trófica chain of the system.
    On the other hand, Harbor Authority of Balears has refused to enter retail until knowing the content the report, although it insists on which extracted muds of the port of Maó are clean. “To demonstrate it, we did not discard that the president of the being, Francesc Triay, bathes in the zone where has been found the tiny beast, since Fraga in Pigeon houses did”, have commented sources of the harbor being.
    From the City council of Maó, they have been surprised by the news and they announce the creation of a commission whose conclusions will be incorporated to the new General Plan of Urban Arrangement, reason why the definitive approval of the document could be delayed months more. The Consell assures that all decision on the matter will be tie to the insular plan of coasts, as well tie to the one of Emergencies and this one to the one of Highways.
    Possible solution: posidonia
    Other cases of animals found like mutation caused by radioactive elements (the hairy frog of the Ukraine, the squid without tentacles of South Africa, the sponge with prongs of Argentina or the duck albino of Madagascar) have demonstrated that the massive application of determined marine plants in the surroundings of the animals favors by nourishing route the regeneration of its cells and, therefore, their reconversion in a pair of generations in vulgar animals like which they originated them.
    For this reason, the Institute Costeau Checks has recommended already to the Consell that recovers posidonia that has retired of beaches of the Island in the occasion of the imminence of the tourist season to spill it immediately (the works began yesterday in the evening) in the port and in the zone in which has been the calamary mutado. The associate to the insular director of Marine Species already has put itself in contact with the Gallic institute to control the tasks of spill of posidonia in the sea.
     
  2. OB

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    01/04/2010

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    OB, did you find a translation or English version about this squid?
     
  4. Steve O'Shea

    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I couldn't understand a word of it, though it is as Ob points out, likely an April Fool's day joke (although that photo is extremely realistic!!! Too realistic I would have thought for a fake - I've never seen (or heard of) a squid with that arrangement of photophores before!)
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    Funny, I thought of that last night and then forgot and TOTALLY missed OB's reference because 'Mericans read the posted date as January 4th and not April 1st :roll:

    On the other hand, is April Fool's day recognized other than in the US? I know Chile has its Day of Innocence (Dec 28, my son's birthday).
     
  6. Antropoteuthis

    Antropoteuthis Cuttlefish Registered

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    well, i translated the article through google text translator, and you know how that stuff works... The article is taken out of a regional newspaper, in that way its not a fake. Ill document myself at the stanford university homepage to seeif there's some exageration or fake content in the report.
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    If you look closely at the edge of the fin, it looks like a mold mark as if it is made of soft resin/rubber/silicon!
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    It occurred to me that it might be plastic/silicon as well but who knows.
     

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