ID this cool creature!

Discussion in 'Celebrate Biodiversity' started by LabTea, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. LabTea

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    This doesn't have anything to do with plants but does anybody know what this is? One of the coolest organisms I've ever seen!
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Hey Ron. Yeah that sounds like a reasonable assumption. The body was flat like a ribbon and transparent. Maybe eel larva? I found it on the beach in Nova Scotia. I've shown several people and have never got a definitive answer
     
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    Ralph Walton Active Member 10 Years

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    This is the "glass eel" which one of the larval stages of the American eel Anguilla rostrata.

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    Hey thanks alot Ralph. Not knowing much about sea creatures, I would have never known this was an organism in its juvenile form until Ron suggested so. It is definitely a Glass Eel. And again thanks for the ID.
     
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    Was that from salt water or fresh water?

    Nifty little critter.
     
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    Hey M.D. It was from the ocean. Found in southern Nova Scotia after washing up on the beach.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Just to add - the natural history area is certainly open to any non-plant wild critter discussions.
     
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    lorax Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    Looks like a moray elver (bitty baby eel) to me....
     
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    It must be eel but don't know what type.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    On the Labrador coast in January, I'd guess only about 1° or 2°C . . . that's certainly pretty cool! Maybe even cold!
     
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    Hey Michael. Yes it gets very cold here in Labrador in January. It can get down around -40 degrees celsius and thats without the wind. Just to note though, the creature wasn't found in Labrador but in Nova Scotia when I used to live there. July month I believe.
     

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