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Old 11/26/2007, 04:34 PM   #1
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any body know what this is

[IMG]http://i11.*******.com/6tcjiag.jpg[/IMG]
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it was found near fort brag california.
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Old 11/26/2007, 05:44 PM   #2
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Old 11/26/2007, 05:46 PM   #3
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Whatever it is, its nasty!


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Old 11/27/2007, 12:26 AM   #4
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where would a good place to go to get an id


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Old 11/27/2007, 12:56 AM   #5
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The city dump, ewwwww!! lol, sorry no info!


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Old 11/27/2007, 06:14 AM   #6
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That thing is pretty neat... if you find out what it is, tell us


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Old 11/27/2007, 06:39 AM   #7
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I believe it is a sponge.

Perhaps some type of melon sponge.


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Old 11/27/2007, 01:34 PM   #8
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Post it on the Other Invertebrates forum, but please include size info and water depth info. There are several west coast invert experts there, and I'm sure Leslie or one of her buddies will be able to ID it for you.

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Old 11/27/2007, 01:41 PM   #9
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Did you find that on some live rock in your 12 gallon? HA!


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Old 11/27/2007, 02:07 PM   #10
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WTH is that thing!?


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Old 11/27/2007, 03:36 PM   #11
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If I found that in my tank I would be like ***

It was just found on top of some rocks, so no idea about depth or anything sorry.


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Old 11/27/2007, 03:41 PM   #12
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Rosseau may be right, it may be a melon sponge, but... all the info I can find about them makes them sound like abyssal creatures, and I don't suppose this one came from multi-thousands of feed deep, did it? It has a very un-spongelike base as well, it looks like it has a mantle surrounding something of a foot, but maybe that's how all melon sponges look. Again, I'm sure the LACM crowd can ID it. Did you take the pic, or someone else find this animal?

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Old 11/27/2007, 03:59 PM   #13
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Medical waste or some type of sea creature - hard to tell.


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Old 11/27/2007, 08:34 PM   #14
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Don called my attention to this post. It's the gumboot chiton, Cryptochiton stelleri. Largest of all chitons, it's found in the intertidal & shallow subtidal around the rim of the north Pacific from Japan to southern California. They're not as plentiful in my area these days but still abundant further north. Most chitons have mantles that reveal at least some of the 8 shell plates but in this species the mantle completely covers them. A grazer on algae like nearly every other chiton. Prefectly reef safe except for the fact it's a temperate species and larger than many nanotanks!


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Old 11/27/2007, 09:52 PM   #15
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My friend took the pic
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Old 11/27/2007, 09:55 PM   #16
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Cool. It did appear a little too "advanced" to be a sponge.

Now put it back in the ocean!


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Old 11/27/2007, 09:59 PM   #17
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how big is it?!


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Old 11/27/2007, 10:42 PM   #18
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how close to Fort Bragg, i lived in Ukiah before college and used to go diving out there in Fort Bragg and Mendocino. Sorry it's off topic.


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Old 12/14/2007, 01:36 AM   #19
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Ok, nobody panic. Slowly step away from the blob, and for god sake do not turn your back on it. When your about half a mile away from it run like hell. I calling the air strick in right now.


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Ok, nobody panic. Slowly step away from the blob, and for god sake do not turn your back on it. When your about half a mile away from it run like hell. I calling the air strick in right now.


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Old 12/14/2007, 06:19 AM   #21
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copy that.


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Old 12/14/2007, 07:05 PM   #22
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looks like a snail xD. I dont think its a sponge, im no expert, but dont sponges just sit there? i wouldn't think it has a suction cup.


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