Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Today's Installment of WHAT IS IT?

Below are pictures of a nasty-looking creature that was discovered in a trench in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. The photos are from Pravda, but no other information was given. I thought at first it could be a young horseshoe crab, but turns out it isn't. Any suggestions?








(I apologize for posting this right next to the ice cream!)

13 Comments:

Anonymous Gamma said...

You were pretty close, I think it's a horseshoe shrimp. Although, they're crustaceans instead of chelicerata, so really not that closely related.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Ananka said...

Wow, you take the prize once more! Are you a professional detective/zoologist? My only question . . . how did a horseshoe shrimp get into a trench in Russia?

2:25 PM  
Blogger Rie said...

Hey, they look a lot like triops!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triop

Which, thanks to the miracle of modern marketing, anybody can have as a pet:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00008YSSS?tag=thetriopsinfo-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B00008YSSS&adid=0SK7JKZS7MEDWSF7R4DT&

I had a tankful of them once. Of course, the little darlings are carnivorous, so eventually you have just one or two big ones...

3:04 PM  
Blogger Spring said...

Cool! (And kinda gross)

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now those are just Wierd! Even by MY standards!


-wild

4:15 PM  
Anonymous theatre said...

*gag* that is very...fasinating

4:33 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

That does look horseshoe crabish.
I will not forgive you for posting that next to the ice cream.
*swallows vile stomach acid*

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Kriteer said...

I'm here late...but, that does not look like a Triop or Horseshoe Shrimp because the design is different and you can't really see the eyeballs. Secondly, why would the people be so amazed if this was a thing is known by so many?

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Hazel said...

It DOES look like one of those triops or sea monkeys. I used to have triops...when some of them died I had to fish them out quick...they're cannibals. Then they sat in a box in the freezer waiting to be buried... then my mother put her foot down. It was a very...weird funeral.
(I...love...dotdotdots...)

9:56 AM  
Anonymous ananka said...

That would actually make a great story, Hazel. You should write it down!

10:13 AM  
Blogger chris. said...

Ugh. It looks like that thing they put in Chekhov's ear in that one "Star Trek" movie. Bleurgh.

3:30 AM  
Anonymous Ananka said...

Chris: You're so right! I was freaked out by that thing for years.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous ginnyweasley007 said...

Chris, its so cool that a guy (maybe) is on this blog we need more guys!!

8:25 PM  

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