Freaky Fish Friday: molting Lobster, night vision style

Filed Under (Aquariums, Freaky Fish Friday) by Alexa & Cindy on 10-04-2009

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One day last month, New England Aquarium marine mammal trainers Justin and Erin paid a visit to their lobsters for a training session.

As this video shows, in a freaky, glowing sort of way, they got way more than they bargained for – and got to witness one of Justin’s lobsters shedding his old shell, also called molting, which was captured with night-vision video.

Lobsters are crustaceans, and all crustaceans molt, or shed their outer shells, when their bodies get too big for them.

Freaky fact: they also typically EAT their shells after shedding them. Pass the salsa!

Watch the video and see if you can spy the lobster’s old shell, at bottom right.

FREAKY.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Freaky Fish Friday: March Madness Edition!

Filed Under (Freaky Fish Friday, New Species) by Alexa & Cindy on 20-03-2009

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We couldn’t serve up just one dose of freaky today, so we’re taking it to the hoop with a link-o-rama post designed to amaze you and creep you out many times over.

Here are Alexa’s freaky fish (and it’s never just fish) all-stars from the last week, in case you missed them.

Which one looks most like your team’s mascot?

    First up, who says freaky can’t also be beautiful? Not us! Check out this new “rainblow glow” jellyfish species discovered eariler this month off Tasmania – it’s even stingless.

    Next is undoubtedly the best rebounder of the bunch, never mind that he’s approximately 50 years old. Meet Panulirus interruptus, via Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Notes blog.

    And this guy had us eeeewing up a storm over breakfast this morning. Imagine how Tony Wu, underwater photographer, felt when he saw this bobbit worm – on a night dive.

    Last but not least, the slam-dunk star of this freaky fab four, the one that has kept Alexa awake at night for the last week (partly because she couldn’t wait to blog it, and the other part will be obvious). Warning: if you’ve just had lunch or dinner, might want to wait a bit before viewing.

    Meet the newly discovered Danionella dracula. Note: if you click and don’t see anything, he’s still at the dentist. Be patient!

Splash away! Splash away very fast!

Or not.

Have a great weekend!

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