General Discussion: Today I am slightly obsessed with...


FrIEND
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13673 posts since 27/11/03

9 Oct 2008 14:08
Since seeing andys glasses model and thinking how, in the pics, she reminded me of a stingray - i've spent the past 15 mins looking at stingrays.

Ive learnt that:

their faces are really creepy



no cv

they can be really big!


they can jump high

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Gx74KzHsTM&hl=en&fs=1

which can lead to deaths:

A medical examiner says a boater died from head trauma from a 75-pound spotted eagle ray that jumped out of the water in the Florida Keys.
Judy Kay Zagorski, of Pigeon, Mich., was sitting in a boat going 25 mph when the spotted eagle ray, with a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet, leaped out of the water, said Jorge Pino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The 57-year-old woman's father was driving the boat on the Atlantic Ocean side of Vaca Key, Pino said.

"He had absolutely no warning. It just happened instantaneously," Pino said.

The coroner's initial examination has determined the Michigan woman died from the impact with the eagle ray. The family requested that no autopsy be performed.

Authorities say Zagorski was not stung by the ray's barb. Wildlife officials say such deaths are extremely rare.

The stingray also died from the impact, officials said.

Spotted eagle rays can weigh 500 pounds and have a wingspan of up to 10 feet. They are known to occasionally jump out of the water but are not aggressive and use the venomous barb at the end of their tail for defense.

The rays are protected in Florida waters and are typically seen swimming on the water's surface.

"Rays jump to escape a predator, give birth and shake off parasites," said Lynn Gear, supervisor of fishes and reptiles at Theater of the Sea in Islamorada. "They do not attack people."

and also, steve Irwin was not the only one to get stabbed in the heart

"James Bertakis, 81, was boating with his granddaughters near the town of Lighthouse Point, 15 miles (24 kilometers) north of Fort Lauderdale, when a three-foot-wide (one-meter-wide) spotted eagle ray bounded out of the water and fell into the boat.

As Bertakis struggled to get the ray out of the vessel, the animal lashed its ten-foot (three-meter) tail, piercing the man's heart with its venomous barb.

I wonder how they're so good at getting our hearts.









collizhun
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3880 posts since 19/10/06

9 Oct 2008 14:12
is the second picture real? i like the way they jump out the water.
MrPlatinum
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8939 posts since 24/2/04

9 Oct 2008 14:20
Another good hot topic Cool
FrIEND
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13673 posts since 27/11/03

9 Oct 2008 14:23
I was going to call it "Stingrays" but thought Id open it up to all. Im hoping that on various occasions people will do a project style presentation on a subject so that we can all learn.

but it will probably just die.
kenty
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1828 posts since 6/5/05

9 Oct 2008 14:24
At first I thought the second picture was of an albino sting ray, but there's black pigmentation in the eyes so I'm pretty certain it's a very young stingray which hasn't developed into typical colours yet.
FrIEND
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13673 posts since 27/11/03

9 Oct 2008 14:29
look at you knowing all about stingrays!!
smith
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11794 posts since 5/5/04

9 Oct 2008 14:36
I swear I touched a stingray at sea world when I was a kid. Didn't realise I was in any danger
kenty
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1828 posts since 6/5/05

9 Oct 2008 14:37
Laughing out loud

I've always been quite fascinated by albino animals full stop. In the past I've had various albino reptiles, pythons, boa's, kingsnakes and lizards and the Albino Gorilla at Barcelona zoo (now dead) was always well interesting imo

The only known albino gorilla in history

Also, I think it's really cool with the infant sting ray how you can basically see it's anatomy, almost like a person with little arms and legs, with a ghost sheet thrown over Cool
joe151
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6230 posts since 21/2/07

9 Oct 2008 14:37
not all of them are venomous thats why they have 'petting' pools
FrIEND
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13673 posts since 27/11/03

9 Oct 2008 14:40
maybe you can do a little project on albinos?

also, and dont take this the wrong way…but isnt the general rule that serial killers are obsessed with albino animals? or am I just thinking of the film manhunter.
Mate
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3685 posts since 15/4/07

9 Oct 2008 14:42
Darnell?!
kenty
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1828 posts since 6/5/05

9 Oct 2008 14:44
Ha! I've never seen that film, I think I'll give it a watch tonight Laughing out loud
MrPlatinum
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8939 posts since 24/2/04

9 Oct 2008 14:51
FrIEND wrote: I was going to call it "Stingrays" but thought Id open it up to all. Im hoping that on various occasions people will do a project style presentation on a subject so that we can all learn.

but it will probably just die.

Fair points, I'm in.

Today I'm slightly obsessed with sleep (as I am severely lacking in it)…

-The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.

http://www.abc.net.au/science/sleep/facts.htm
Mate
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3685 posts since 15/4/07

9 Oct 2008 14:59
Jawdropping! 18 days!!!
FrIEND
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13673 posts since 27/11/03

9 Oct 2008 15:07
highlights from that, for me, were:

Some studies suggest women need up to an hour's extra sleep a night compared to men, and not getting it may be one reason women are much more susceptible to depression than men.

and

Scientists have not been able to explain a 1998 study showing a bright light shone on the backs of human knees can reset the brain's sleep-wake clock.

and

Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you're sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you're still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day.


Commander_Venus
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8620 posts since 16/7/06

9 Oct 2008 16:08




oldgregg
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6401 posts since 13/4/02

9 Oct 2008 16:10
Laughing out loud moar lolrayz

http://allthepeopleilikearethosethataredead.blogspot.com/
gojira.
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4624 posts since 3/5/05

9 Oct 2008 16:44
MrPlatinum wrote:
FrIEND wrote: I was going to call it "Stingrays" but thought Id open it up to all. Im hoping that on various occasions people will do a project style presentation on a subject so that we can all learn.

but it will probably just die.

Fair points, I'm in.

Today I'm slightly obsessed with sleep (as I am severely lacking in it)…

-The record for the longest period without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech and memory and concentration lapses.

http://www.abc.net.au/science/sleep/facts.htm


I was learning about sleep today ! because i have been suffering with sleep paralysis which i thought was something much worse.
nick
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19734 posts since 2/5/03

9 Oct 2008 17:31
I am trying to resist the tempataion to bring huge numbers of conkers home with me every day, I feel compelled to pick them up and take them home. Don't kids play conkers anymore ?

deuce
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14165 posts since 21/1/08

9 Oct 2008 18:43
whys no one said "pm steve irwin" yet?
you guys are slacking