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Old 13 November 2017, 10:10 PM
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Goldfish Ancient shark with snake head and 300 teeth is why we should just say no to the ocean

Maybe it's time we Homo sapiens re-evaluated our relationship with the oceans of the world.

It has been a good few millennia, sure, but our love affair may have been a little rushed. After all, what do we really know about the ocean? Roughly 95 percent of it remains unexplored, and it seems as if every other day we're finding out something new and unsettling.

http://www.nhregister.com/news/artic...s-12351432.php
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Old 13 November 2017, 10:23 PM
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We used to get those in the creek behind our school. Except OUR snake-headed creek sharks had poison fangs. And spider legs. And spat nitric acid accurately at a range of twenty yards. But that wasn't the worst, nossir! They'd sneak up behind a guy and wedgie him.


Couldn't stand those things. I was glad when they all got et by the giant feral chickens.
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Old 13 November 2017, 10:55 PM
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Brad, you had me going there through the first two sentences.

Don't most sharks have lots of teeth?

-- and I'm not at all sure that "some of the creepiest beings in existence" aren't humans.
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Old 13 November 2017, 11:02 PM
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We used to get those in the creek behind our school. Except OUR snake-headed creek sharks had poison fangs. And spider legs. And spat nitric acid accurately at a range of twenty yards. But that wasn't the worst, nossir! They'd sneak up behind a guy and wedgie him.
Gee, I didn't know you grew up in Australia, Brad.
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Old 14 November 2017, 12:00 AM
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Beat me to it by 2 minutes.
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Old 14 November 2017, 12:17 AM
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'Strewth! No, I grew up in the wild hills of North Georgia, where the drop bears rose up from the ground! We didn't have kangaroos, but this one guy up the street did have a marsupial pouch. Also a guy on the next block who used to sit on his porch and ask passing girls if they'd like to come in and play his didgeridoo, but he moved to Alabama and became a judge or politician or some biz.

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Old 14 November 2017, 12:34 AM
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That article was horrible.

Frilled sharks have been known for centuries and there are no documented attacks by them on humans (they have scary teeth, but they're not really equipped to handle attacking large prey).
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Old 14 November 2017, 06:25 AM
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Why should a creature that is "swimming around deep below the surface of the world's oceans" and "one of the rarest [...] creatures on the planet" should be a reason for me to "re-evaluate [my] relationship with the beach"?

It's not like I'll ever meet one.
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Old 14 November 2017, 12:52 PM
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I'm scared, I'm scared.

ETA: I heard on the news this morning that a fisherman in Ocean City reeled in a moonfish. Now that's impressive (IMO) because of the fish's size and rarity on the East Coast.
https://wtop.com/maryland/2017/11/fi...coast/slide/1/

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Old 14 November 2017, 06:18 PM
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And this is the reason we have an International Space Station and not an International Underwater Station.

Actually someone asked this question. (Hope it wasn't here.)
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Old 14 November 2017, 08:46 PM
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Frilled sharks have been known for centuries and there are no documented attacks by them on humans (they have scary teeth, but they're not really equipped to handle attacking large prey).
Iím glad you posted this; I had never heard of them. Theyíre amazing, though.
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Old 14 November 2017, 08:59 PM
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Yeah, they're definitely cool, but there have even been a couple of instances of divers encountering them: they weren't aggressive at all, despite their appearance.

The teeth are actually rather fragile- you could get cut up if it bit you but it wouldn't be able to maintain a hold. They're adapted for snagging small, soft-bodied prey like squid and deep-sea fish.
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Old 15 November 2017, 01:49 AM
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I love learning about creatures I didn’t know existed, and couldn’t have imagined.
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Old 15 November 2017, 04:57 PM
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I think we've been constantly reevaluating our relationship with the sea...

In olden days, mariners would not sail too far out of sight of land. Some people thought you could fall off the edge of the world ocean, people (apparently) thought 6 ft long sharks were "sea serpents" and manatees were mermaids...

We still don't know 100% about the ocean, but mankind's been replacing old wive's tales with more and more fact.


(Also, why would a shark with 300 teeth scare you when a lot of Straya's wildlife is poisonous, venomous, or intoxicated?)
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Old 16 November 2017, 02:13 PM
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I love learning about creatures I didnít know existed, and couldnít have imagined.
Same here. This site will show you critters that you thought only existed in a Lovecraft story. Very fascinating!
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