"BIG RED" new discovery

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This morning while watching CBS they have discovered a new jellyfish called Big Red. It was awesome. Has anyone else seen the footage on this beautiful creature. Very Fasinating and cool :rainbow:
 

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Fascinating...it always amazes me that in the time I have been involved in the animal kingdom, new species(to us) keep on appearing...makes one rather humble does it not?
Greg
p.s. they were even showing the footage on our local news...go figure!
 

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I seen in on CBS this morning!

I get up at 5 AM here and at that time Sky News somtimes shows American news channels.... weird that i seen that today too :? :bugout:

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Hello all,

For the sake of full disclosure, I ought to say that I hate giant jellyfish. On my life's list of Animals That Make Me Ill, they rank quite high: somewhere between pelagic neudebranchs and sea lampreys.

Having said that, this giant jelly has set me to thinking about our old pal Architeuthis. If the GS is in fact a drifting, "ambush" predator, jellies like "Big Red" would make a wonderful meal, requiring little energy expenditure to capture, masticate and digest. And then, there's Architeuthis' ability to produce an enzyme that neutralizes paralytic nerve agents. That ability would be useful if one were preying on animals that subdue their own prey with neurotoxins.

:?:

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My wife is on your page...had a set of strands whip her across her back and legs in florida, and has disliked them ever since...oh well. Interesting point about the toxicity/invulnerability, but how prevalent are these large jellies?
Greg
p.s. I wonder if they taste like chicken?
 

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cthulhu77 said:
p.s. I wonder if they taste like chicken?
Now that's just...I mean...the last thing I want to imagine is...ugh.

I was suggesting that jellies in general might be prey items for Architeuthis, with Big Red being a particularly tasty meal. The guys who named it have an online article, somewhere; I doubt they have much of a clue as to how common Red might be, but certainly more of a clue than I've got. Not too common, I hope. :goofysca:

Clem
 

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Clem said:
I was suggesting that jellies in general might be prey items for Architeuthis, with Big Red being a particularly tasty meal. The guys who named it have an online article, somewhere; I doubt they have much of a clue as to how common Red might be, but certainly more of a clue than I've got. Not too common, I hope. :goofysca:
Clem,

Stranger things have happened... I do know that the Leatherback Turtle Dermochelys coriacea grows to a gigantic size (almost 3m long) on a diet almost exclusively consisting of jellies. And the protien content of jellies is low.... REALLY low... The amount of jellies that would have to be eaten is astounding.

Jelly-eaters tend to eat by sucking in their prey. Leatherbacks have "spines" in the throats which point toward the stomach, therefore assuring that the jellies take a one-way trip.

I don't think Archi eats jellies, but stranger things have happened...

Sushi and Sake,

John
 

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Although I've only looked at the crop contents of one Haliphron atlanticus (the giant gelatinous octopus), they were full of some sort of jelly - so full that they had to have been eaten (rather than accidentally ingested). Also, juveniles of the pelagic octopuses Tremoctopus and Ocythoe are associated with jellys, the male of Ocythoe even living inside a salp.

Jellys haven't been reported from Architeuthis gut samples (though lots of other things have been), so I would doubt that they are eaten by this animal.
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Hello Steve,

Any thoughts about the potential utility of anti-neurotoxin enzymes in Archi? If not to tolerate ingested jellies, then maybe to protect against the effects of being stung by them? Drifting through a jelly swarm could really screw up one's day.

:roll:

Clem
 



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