My new Argonauta

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  1. marinebio_guy

    marinebio_guy Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Well this afternoon I went Kayaking with my Mom who was visiting, about 15 minutes into the trip and af corse as a Marine biologist was loking down into the water when a female Argonauta floated right by the boat. I'm suprised I did not flip the boat right then because I was so excited. Luckely I was able to grab it from the boat but I probably would have swam a mile to get if I had to. Pics of it will soon fallow. Hopefully I will be able to keep it alive, the longest time someone has kept one alive is about 2 weeks I think. Hopefully with my Marine Lab resources and the resouces of the Aquarium of the Pacific and Cabrillo Aquaium I will be able set a new record and get some good scientific data from it. Wish me luck.:smile:
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    luck luck luck luck luck! (we need a shamrock smilie)

    anxiously awaiting pictures... and since I'm close, any chance of visiting?
     
  3. DHyslop

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    I can't wait for pictures!
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    And here's a shamrock smilie, too:



    edit: as long as I'm at it, I made a fingers-crossed smilie, too, but I don't think it turned out as well:

     

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    Good luck! I'm at the Santa Barbara Museum, and there's an Aussie here going through our collections working specifically on Argonauta. Seems to really know his stuff on them. You should get in touch, since you're close.
     
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    I was just up there last week. You can give him my e-mail marinebio_guy@yahoo.com I would like to know as much as possible.
     
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    I was not able to down load my pics in a message but I have one of them as my avatar
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Super cool! If you need help with the pics feel free to email me and I'll put em up.
     
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    Congratulations on your lucky find!

    Please keep us all updated!

    I'll help put them up too. If the photos are too large to email I have a assisted FTP you can upload to - you don't need any software to use it, just like the images here, but no size limit.

    I'll pm you with the link if you need it.

    Mike
     
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    This morning she is looking good and she ate, now I have to find a tank to put her in.
     
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    Quite a find! I never expected that anyone would be keeping Argonauta. It sounds like you have a good chance of keeping her healthy - what are you feeding her?

    Good luck with this project and hope you can get some pics.

    Nancy
     
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    I am feeding her dead minnows that I caught last night, they are not active predators basicly eating things that get too close to them like small fish and krill.
     
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    Update: I hunted him down (name is Julian, I believe) and gave him your email. He says he's kept them alive before, and will drop you a line when he gets to a working computer, as his laptop "Doesn't want to play Argonaouts anymore."
     
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    Is her mantle inside the shell or ... does she just hold the shell with her arms?

    Cant wait for pics. 8-)
     
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    How is your argonaut? Is she still going?
     
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    She passed away last week. She lived for 17 days which might be a new record for being held in captivity. I'm not sure why she died she was doing fine and eating but then one day she was not able to stay neutrally bouyant and just laid on the bottom of the tank and died 2 days later. It was awsome being able to have one even if it was for a short time. Maybe I will find another one someday.
     
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    You should consider yourself really :shamrock_t: for even finding one, let alone keeping it for so long. RIP Argonaut.

    Joey
     
  19. Euprymna

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    Very cool! what was its size? did show any increase in weight/length while in captivity? Gonads?

    cheers,

    eups
     

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