Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Giant Vampire Sea Spiders





Watching this CNN video took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride. My first response when I saw the title was, "WOW! GIANT SEA SPIDERS!" Then, as I watched it I realized, to my dismay, that the creatures filmed near Antactica . . .

A) weren't all that giant and
B) didn't really look like spiders.

But then I did a little research on Wikipedia and discovered that many sea spiders actually do resemble their land-lubbing cousins. (Especially dead sea spiders.) This makes them fairly interesting in my book. However, they also possess an unusual, vampire-like feature: a straw shaped proboscis which they insert into the animals before sucking out the juices. Yum! Read more here.

6 Comments:

Blogger SAMEANANYMOUS said...

what the hack!!!!

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(this is kitty, 'cuz my computer won't open blogger) That'll make a nice pet. :D lol

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Raph said...

They are so... COOL!
And the information's from an Australian website. ^^

4:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok - so if its not a spider - I'm just confuzzled. I guess you could just try to ignore this comment. I just wasted about two minutes of worthless typing.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again. Its the same person who was "confuzzled" b4. I was wondering..... Kirsten, u said that these spiders were interesting in ur book. Are you making another Kiki Strike book? I hope so! I love ur writing - I think about it all the time! If u write another book, at least I will read it, and Im sure others will, 2. ;)

6:20 PM  
Anonymous ss chick said...

i think my om showed my part of that vidoe. theyre pretty rad. and how can i resist? I LOV VAMPIRES!
(you all should check out the band Vampire Weekend. Lov 'em too!)

5:09 PM  

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