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  1. haggs

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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    That is an amazing specimen, an EXACT copy of its future giant self...
     
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    Tough call on releasing that one since we don't know if it needs a parent for survival.
     
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    Fortunately most sharks have minimal (if any) parental care. I didn't realize they'd be born so very small, Great Whites pups are quite a bit bigger when born!

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    Since these are sort of an oddity for sharks and are plankton eaters, not mammals that need milk but not born carnivorous eating machines and we have not seen one this small (according to the article - I think our local aquarium is hoping for a mating), I feel concern about its ability to survive without its parent. It may well be that they are on their own at birth but they are seen in groups like dolphin and I would not want to be the person making the call (especially since we don't seem to know anything about raising them from this size in a aquarium either :hmm:).
     
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    But we have never seen juveniles in those groups, our carpet sharks are born at 10-15 cm long and are on their own (also think of our fav's occis, fingernail sized and on their own! :lol:). I agree that we don't know much about these fish, I wonder if they hang around reef breaks as juves???

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    That's a pretty cool story, it's surprising it wasn't killed for some kind of trophy or rare meal. It also probably has a better chance of surviving in the wild than in the hands of people that don't know what it needs
     
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    I am glad they released it but wouldn't it have been amazing to find out what was inside the stomach (if anything). In a none fatal manner of course.

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    My husband and I dove with the 4 they have at the Georgia Aquarium- one of the most incredible moments of my life! It's amazing to see one so small- I'm glad that it was set free but I wish they had fixed it with a radio transmitter or some means of tracking it! I want these beauties around for my great grand kids and beyond to dive with in the wild!
     
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    hmmmmmm new field of study, shark vomitology!!

    (My friend used to call herself a penguin vomitoligist, because of how she got her penguin diet samples :yuck:)
     
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    When it rains ...

    This was in the UK online news letter from Practical Fishkeeping (if you don't get it, you miss some good summary articles on new findings)

    There is also a short article on bioluminescence and fish found at both poles this month.
     
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    How did she get them to chunder? Small doses of ND I bet?
     
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    Don't think she thought of that! It would've been easier than sticking a small hose down their throats and pouring seawater down it, then holding them upside down! (all done with the permit, sanction and indeed help of the local DOC officer!)
     
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    Come to think of it, the hose and saltwater method sounds more humane, they DoC may never permit, sanction or indeed help to administer the highly toxic ND :roflmao:
     
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    Too true I think the LD50 is pretty low for ND
     
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    You leave his Lordship out of this!
     
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    I am closing down this thread for reasons of certified insanity :wink:
     
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    (that was a joke)
     
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    (honestly)
     
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    Now now Ob SOS hasn't as yet taken the "test".
     

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