Editorial: February 2005

by | Feb 15, 2005 | 0 comments

Instead of explaining how I filter my reef system between consumers and
producers of waste, which I’ll return to next month, I’ll offer material
sent to me by Greg Schiemer regarding the recent devastating Tsunami. As
you can see below the material was sent to Greg from Gregory J. Watkins-Colwell.

Terry,

I received these pictures second-hand through the Yale Peabody Museum.
Supposedly they are deep-sea creatures found seaside after the tsunami.
A couple of them look like the creature from the movie “Alien.”

Greg Schiemer

—–

From: Jacques Gauthier
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Deep Sea Creatures – Found At Seaside After TSUNAMI . .

******************************************************
* Gregory J. Watkins-Colwell *
* Herpetology and Ichthyology *
* Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History *
* 170 Whitney Avenue, P. O. Box 208118 *
* New Haven, CT 06520-8118 *
* http://www.peabody.yale.edu *
******************************************************

UPDATE

Apparently the origin of the images is a hoax: http://www.snopes.com/photos/tsunami/creature.asp

“Origins:   It
seems like any unusual or remarkable photographs connected with oceanic
phenomena are being attributed to the Indian Ocean tsunami of December
2004, and this collection of pictures is more of the same.

Although they are genuine images of some rather strange deep-sea
creatures, these photographs have nothing to do with the Indian
Ocean
tsunami. They date from mid-2003 and were taken as part of the
NORFANZ
voyage, a joint Australian-New Zealand research expedition conducted
in
May-June 2003 to explore deep sea habitats and biodiversity in the Tasman
Sea. These photographs can be viewed on Australia’s National
Oceans Office web site.

http://www.oceans.gov.au/norfanz/
http://www.oceans.gov.au/norfanz/CreatureFeature.htm

We appologize for the error.

NOTE:  All of the below photos can be viewed in full size in its Photo Album.

aphyonus.jpg/image_minibasketwork_eel.jpg/image_mini
black_dragonfish.jpg/image_miniblind_lobster.jpg/image_mini
blob_fish.jpg/image_minicarrier_shell.jpg/image_mini
chimaera_fish.jpg/image_minichimaera_pup.jpg/image_mini
coffinfish.jpg/image_minicrab.jpg/image_mini
fangtooth.jpg/image_minifirefly_squid.jpg/image_mini
gunard.jpg/image_minihatchetfish.jpg/image_mini
lizard_fish.jpg/image_minioreo_dory.jpg/image_mini
prickly_shark.jpg/image_minisea_spider.jpg/image_mini
shovel_nosed_lobster.jpg/image_ministargazer.jpg/image_mini
stone_crab.jpg/image_miniswimmer_crab.jpg/image_mini
tongue_sole.jpg/image_miniumbrella_mouth_gulper_eel.jpg/image_mini
viperfish.jpg/image_mini

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