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Discussion in 'The Natural World' started by Toroid, Jul 19, 2016.

  1. nivek

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    Watching the La Palma volcanic eruption from the other side of the island (Roque de los Muchachos). Picture: Kike_Infoto

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  2. Standingstones

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    I’m a sucker for photos like these.
     
  3. pigfarmer

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    More bugs. This guy landed next to me and when I went to take his picture he put his feelers out and took on an aggressive stance. I went inside, this little bastard was in no mood to be trifled with and I had no idea what sort of pointy-bitey-stingey thing he might have.

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  4. Standingstones

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    I notice that we have an infestation of stink bugs all of a sudden. I thought we had eradicated those bastards.
     
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  5. pigfarmer

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    That one isn't a stink bug, no idea what it is other than a badass. We've had more of those damned stink bugs this year than I've ever seen
     
  6. Standingstones

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    I hardly saw a stink bug this summer. There was nest of them on our screen door last evening. It’s a full time job trying to kill them.
     
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  7. Standingstones

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    From what I read that insect is an arachnid. They don’t have any antennae and I think I count eight legs total.
     
  8. 1963

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    Wouldn't have touched it myself PF,... but a quick picture search on google thinks it is a (Leptoglossus occidentalis) ... or a Western Conifer Seed Bug . [Western conifer seed bugs are often confused with the destructive brown marmorated stink bugs and assassin bugs. However, these insects can be easily identified by observing their lower hind legs, which widen out towards the sides in the shape of a tiny leaf.] ... as for "stinging you? ... apparently not! ... but you should keep an eye on their numbers because....
    Is the Pine Seed Bug Harmful?
    Unlike other pests, pine seed bugs do not bite, carry diseases, eat household items, or cause any other kind of harm to people, pets, or homes. These bugs do not reproduce inside homes either, as all egg-laying and growth happens on the branches of the coniferous trees during the summers. Any damage or injuries are usually caused by people who overreact while trying to kill or escape from these bugs. However, this insect is a pest to pine seed producers, garden centers, and nurseries, as they cause heavy damage to the seeds of the coniferous trees. If these bugs invade homes in large numbers, and are causing a nuisance, there are a few ways to prevent their entry or get rid of them. ....
    How to Get Rid of Western Conifer Seed Bugs - Home Quicks
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  10. pigfarmer

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    Wow! Cool.

    Here's something to note about eyewitness testimony. Look at the assumptions I had casually made without realizing it.

    First, I assumed it landed but when I thought about it, it didn't. It simply appeared in my field of vision where a lot of bugs that fly do actually land.

    Second that it was something it was not - some sort of flying insect. It's comparatively aggressive behavior might be normal for a spider and explains why it didn't just buzz off. Maybe it was just saying hi.

    So next time I'll feel free to squish the little bastard. Pine trees themselves can be as big a pest as they are. All I can tell you for sure about bugs is that when they or anything else cast desirous eyeballs, maybe up to a million of them (ick), on my house they will all die die die. Time to go mix up some concentrate waaaaaaaaay beyond the recommendation on the label and pour it around the foundation of the house. Seems to do a good job of keeping the creepies out.
     
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    Snow Leopard perfectly camouflaged in mountain terrain baffles the internet

    Snow Leopard perfectly camouflaged in mountain terrain baffles the internet
    By Alice Fuller, The Sun November 19, 2021 1:58pm

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    Photographer Saurabh Desai began trekking in the Spiti Valley in 2019 with one mission - to take a photo of the elusive snow leopard.Saurabh Desai / CATERS NEWS
    The “world’s most elusive cat” is so perfectly camouflaged on mountain terrain it is almost impossible to spot. But among the rocks and snow lies a leopard eagerly waiting to pounce.

    And once you catch sight of it, you’ll wonder how you ever missed it.

    The mind-boggling photo was taken high in the Himalayas in northeastern India.

    Photographer Saurabh Desai began trekking in the Spiti Valley in 2019 with one mission.

    “I was on my search of the world’s most elusive cat which is also known as ‘Grey Ghost’ in the popular local language,” he told My Modern Met.

    After almost three years on the lookout, Desai finally managed to snap the brown leopard about eight kilometres from the high-altitude village of Kibber.

    And it appears the big cat saw him too, with its piercing eyes looking directly into the camera.

    Desai, from Gujarat, was left utterly “speechless” by the chance encounter.

    He said: “The picture depicts the snow leopard trying to get off the cliff.”

    “But observing our presence, it decided to wait until it got really dark and it stayed there on the edge.”

    The recently resurfaced picture was taken at an altitude of 17,000 feet at about -86F.

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    Snow leopard hides on a cliff in the Himalayas in northeastern India.
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    Oxygen levels had also plunged to less than 50 percent compared to normal.

    Social media users were perplexed by the photo, with some taking hours to clock the creature.

    One said on Reddit: “I’ve seen this image 643634 times and I’m always like, ‘where are you you little b*****d?’”

    Another commented: “Honestly can’t see any leopard … damn nature, you scary.

    And one said on Twitter: “After finding it … it becomes so apparent and easy to see.”

    This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission
     
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    With a heart-shaped snout

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  15. nivek

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    This is one of the picture of the latest G1-class geomagnetic storm. Impressive…

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    Named the Empress of Uruguay, this is the largest amethyst geode in the world. Standing a staggering 3.27 meters tall, the geode weighs 2.5 tons.

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    Bizarre fish that looks like a baby DRAGON is latest sea creature hauled in by Russian angler in the Norwegian Sea

    A Russian fisherman has discovered an ocean creature that bears a striking resemblance to a baby dragon. Roman Fedortsov, 39, scours for cod, haddock and mackerel on commercial trawlers and sometimes fishes up to 3,000ft below the surface.

    In doing so, the Murmansk-based fisherman reels in a variety of bizarre-looking sea creatures, the latest of which has been dubbed the 'newly hatched baby dragon' by people online who were stunned by its unique appearance.
    It has since been identified as a chimaera, a cartilaginous fish also known as a 'ghost shark'.

    Fedortsov has also recently discovered other sea creatures which look strikingly similar to a cheeseburger and a juicy jam doughnut.

    Those are just three of a wide variety of weird and wonderful sea critters discovered by Fedortsov, who has become somewhat of an internet sensation for his incredible photos of the alien like ocean dwellers.

    Fedortsov discovered most of the creatures in the Norwegian and Barents seas in north Russia, but has also found a few strange-looking beasts in the depths of the Atlantic.

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    Roman Fedortsov's latest discovery has been dubbed the 'newly hatched baby dragon' by people online who were stunned by its unique appearance

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    The 'cheeseburger fish' - this deep sea find has been compared to a cheeseburger, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and even a chicken sandwich by viewers online thanks to its slimy, orange appearance

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    Anyone for dessert? This sea creature which at first glance appears to be a succulent jam donut was among the sea critters hauled to the surface by Fedortsov along with the 'cheeseburger fish'

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    Fedortsov discovered most of the creatures in the Norwegian and Barents seas in north Russia, but has also found a few strange-looking beasts in the depths of the Atlantic.

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    A scaled fish caught by Roman Fedortsov. He holds its head up to photograph it, with its eyes bulging. Fedortsov scours for cod, haddock and mackerel on commercial trawlers but also catches a variety of bizarre-looking sea creatures

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    These huge red beast has shocked viewers with its bulging eyes and what appears to be a huge, protruding organ

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    Sea anemone: This creature is a striking shade of orange and its bulging white eyes give it the look of a cartoon character. Although they resemble flowers, sea anemones are predatory animals

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    The jaw of one of Roman Fedortsov's deep-sea finds is shown prised open, displaying a row of jagged teeth lining the inside of its mouth, and another group of smaller teeth near the rear of its throat

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    Pictured: A pair of cusks, a North Atlantic fish similar to a cod. Both are shown with their eyes bulging after being caught by Fedortsov. The left cusk has a strange growth on its back, while the right cusk appears to have tentacles protruding from its yawning mouth

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    The under-side of a gaping flatfish, half of which appears to have lost its scales. A skin-like colour is contrasted with its darker green-brown scales seen on the right, which also have specks of red and orange

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    Left: Roman Fedortsov holds a fish upside-down to photograph its underside, showing an unusual suction-like growth. Right: The fisherman shows off another creature he reeled in from the depths of the ocean, which looks like a sea centipede

    The images have left social media users stunned as Fedortsov's profiles continue to gain masses of followers. Curious Instagram users have been questioning what the cheeseburger-like creature is in the comments section, with more than 11,000 liking the post. One person commented: 'Holy c**p I didn't even realise that was a fish, while another added: 'I thought this was the new chicken sandwich to eat at first'.

    Some of the other recent additions to Fedortsov's collection include an alien-headed fish, and another with what looks like bizarre tentacles protruding from its mouth. Another ancient-looking fish appears to have teeth worn down by overuse that are constantly being replaced by fresh teeth coming from the back of its mouth.

    The trawlerman has become something of a celebrity online from his pictures, with many of his images going viral even though he admits that he often has little idea what most of them are, and which he shares out of curiosity.

    Despite the many comments that he gets, he said that he found all of the fish fascinating and did not share the opinion of many that they were ugly monsters.

    He said: 'In their own way all of these creatures are beautiful.'

    He fishes mostly in the Barents Sea, off the northern coasts of Russia, which opens into the Arctic Ocean. But he also travels to other parts of the world, including the Atlantic Ocean, off Africa.

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    This sea pike - which appears to be smiling as it shows its teeth - is among the newest batch of bizarre-looking sea creatures collected by fisherman Roman Fedortsov. Experts say that the pike can live for up to 25 years and catch other fish and small mammals

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    Shrimp: This creature is small enough to fit in the palm of a human hand, but looks almost like a tree with limbs and antennae that appear like branches and roots

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    Wolf-fish v isopod: This sea creature was raised to the surface just after it had devoured a much smaller form of aquatic life. Experts describe the Atlantic wolf-fish as a 'fearsome-looking' species which is a rare catch for fishermen

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    Black scabbardfish: This jet-black creature has its mouth open, showing off its impressive set of teeth. Experts describe it as a deep-water predator which sometimes live thousands of feet under the surface

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    Starfish: This red-and-orange creature has also been among the Russian fisherman's batch of finds. Starfish are active predators and devour smaller forms of aquatic life such as mussels and clams, according to experts

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    This scaly creature is small enough to be held in a person's left hand, blue beady eyes contrasting with its predominant green

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    King crab: The photographer almost seems to be shaking hands with this terrifying-looking creature, believed to be a king crab which is one of the largest known crustaceans

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    Fedortsov has discovered a range of incredible looking creatures during his travels, including this squid with bright blue eyes

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    This creature's eyes almost seem as though they are looking imploringly at the person holding it after it was brought to the surface

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    This emerald-green fish is one of the sea creatures captured by fisherman Roman Fedortsov on his commercial trawling expeditions in northern Russia

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    Pictured left, a stoplight loosejaw, and right, a dark green toad-like creature, two of the unusual sea creatures brought to the surface. The loosejaw gets its name from the fact that their mouths can open widely to swallow large prey

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    Sea spiders: Creatures such as these walk on the ocean floor on their legs. This one is smaller than the size of a human palm

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    Puffer fish: This toothy specimen is one of a species of aquatic creatures which puff themselves up when threatened. The four large teeth are used to crush their prey

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    Pictured left: An unidentified orange-yellow creature is held in the photographer's hand; right: a dark-green cusk, a North Atlantic creature similar to a cod

    He said that the huge array of different creatures that he was finding was confirmation of anything that so little of the ocean depths have really been explored by man.

    The photographer, who studied marine science at university in Murmansk and is an expert on processing and preparing fish, has shared the bizarre images on his social media accounts.

    The fisherman previously said: 'All kinds of fish are beautiful in their own way. I can not say that they are 'scary' or 'ugly'. People are very interested in unusual sea creatures,' he added.

    'Readers have the impression that with each trawl we bring aboard unusual fish specimens,' the fisherman added. 'In fact, this is far from the case. It is a rarity.

    'On the other hand, even a famous fish can be photographed so that it will seem to be a 'monster'.' Most of the raised fish do not survive due to the difference in pressure, he added.

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    This creature with a domed head seems to have its mouth agape as it is held up for a photo after being raised to the surface

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    Pale toadfish: This spotted red creature is one of a heavy-bodied species of toadfish which sometimes grow to 16 inches long

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    Anglerfish: This deep-sea creature appears glossy black on top, with blue patches on its body and sharp teeth

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    These creatures hardly look like animals at all, small enough that four of them can fit in a human hand like pieces of food

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    Psolus phantapus: The photographer is wearing gloves to take this picture of a species of sea cucumber, which grow to have orange and white tentacles and can be as long as eight inches

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    A remora, which attaches itself to the undersides of sharks and rays to scavenge scraps that fall from their mouths

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    Brown psolus, a U-shaped relative of the sea cucumber, which attaches itself to rocks with the rectangular sole seen on the left, and extends its tentacles to feed

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    Big boy: This creature - a big sunfish - is one of the larger catches on the trawler where it is pictured with two crew members

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    The brown psolus in the centre, a relative of the sea cucumber, shows its feeding tentacles

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    This horrifying unidentified cyclops dragged to the surface by the Russian fisherman may be a species of flatfish

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    An unidentified sea animal, bright orange on top, which was caught in the nets of the Russian trawler from Murmansk

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    A close-up view of one of the unidentified bug-eyed fish caught in the trawler's nets

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    Another big-mouthed predator caught in the nets of the trawler, by a fisherman who studied marine science at university

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  19. michael59

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    Every single one of these pictures are really cool and I think I may have only seen one or two of them before. What bothers me is that they had to die to be "discovered".
     
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    Good Lord!
     
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