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03-06-2008, 08:40
A weird sea creature was caught in a fishing net in Algeria.. no one knows what it is

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03-06-2008, 09:13
A weird sea creature was caught in a fishing net in Algeria.. no one knows what it is


It's an alien. Obviously!

03-06-2008, 09:47
This is what is left of Jaba the Hutt after Luke was done saving Han Solo.....

Star Wars (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars) characterJabba the Hutt
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/66/JabbatheHuttROTJ.jpg/225px-JabbatheHuttROTJ.jpg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:JabbatheHuttROTJ.jpg)

PositionCrime lordHomeworldNal Hutta (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Star_Wars_planets_%28M-N%29#Nal_Hutta); resident of Tatooine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tatooine)SpeciesHutt (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hutt_%28Star_Wars%29)


03-06-2008, 11:28
I don't see what's so mysterious about an upside-down shovelnose ray. Just because some Algerian fishermen aren't familiar with them doesn't make it news.

"No one knows what it is" apparently means "no one standing around at the time it was caught knows what it is".

03-06-2008, 12:38
This or similar species would be my guess..... Hard to tell from video.

Raja miraletus
Brown ray http://www.fishbase.org/images/thumbnails/jpg/tn_Ramir_u0.jpg (http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/PicturesSummary.cfm?ID=5014&what=species)

(skates and rays)
Class: Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays)
FishBase name: Brown ray
Max. size: 63.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; Ref. 39256); 59.7 cm TL (female) Environment: demersal; brackish; marine; depth range 17 462 m Climate: subtropical; 44N - 35S
Importance: fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes; price category: medium; price reliability: questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this genus
Resilience: Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Fec assumed to be <100)
Gazetteer (http://fat-albert.alexandria.ucsb.edu:8827/gazetteer/) Eastern Atlantic: northern Portugal and throughout the Mediterranean to Madeira and South Africa. Reported from the Canary Islands (Ref. 3167) but occurrence needs verification (Ref. 6808). Also in southwestern part of the Indian Ocean.
Morphology: Dorsal (http://www.fishbase.org/Glossary/Glossary.cfm?termEnglish=dorsal fin) spines (http://www.fishbase.org/Glossary/Glossary.cfm?termEnglish=spine) (total): 0 - 0; Anal (http://www.fishbase.org/Glossary/Glossary.cfm?termEnglish=anal fin) spines (http://www.fishbase.org/Glossary/Glossary.cfm?termEnglish=spine): 0. Snout short and bluntly pointed; disc angular (Ref. 5578). Upper surface prickly only in young, nearly smooth in adults, underside smooth (Ref. 3167). Upper surface ochre to reddish-brown with scattered dark spots, underside white (Ref. 3167); two bright blue eyespots centered on the pectoral bases (Ref. 5578); may have a small dark spot on tip of snout (Ref. 2708). Biology: Found over soft bottoms of the shelf and the uppermost slope (Ref. 5578). Depth range from 17-300 m, and up to depth of 462 m in the eastern Ionian Sea (Ref. 56504). Feed on all kinds of benthic animals, also on fish offal (Ref. 5578). Oviparous. Distinct pairing with embrace. Young may tend to follow large objects, such as their mother (Ref. 205). Eggs are oblong capsules with stiff pointed horns at the corners deposited in sandy or muddy flats (Ref. 205). Egg capsules are 4.2-4.6 cm long and 2.7-2.9 cm wide (Ref. 41250). About 40-72 eggs are lain by an individual in a year (Ref. 41250). Caught by ski-boat anglers (Ref. 5578).


03-06-2008, 21:21
Play-doh sure has come a long way...

03-07-2008, 08:43
I think I saw one of those as a kid in some carnival being passed off as a mer-man.

03-08-2008, 08:19
They would have know what it was if they would have looked at the whole fish not just the bottom side