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Old 05-10-2012, 11:54 AM   #1
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May 10, 2012 - I Have My Eye on You



Take a guess, go on, tell us what you think it is . . .

(No hint in the image name this time! )

The answer lies here.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:05 PM   #2
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A huge colony of cyamids, going for a ride.
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Old 05-10-2012, 12:10 PM   #3
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It's Count Dracorca.
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:28 PM   #4
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A very interesting reef island with a massive sinkhole in its lagoon?
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Old 05-10-2012, 02:59 PM   #5
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A glory hole in the Whaling Wall?
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:13 PM   #6
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I thought it was a giant octopus
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Old 05-10-2012, 05:57 PM   #7
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Yeah, I'm guessing a reef somewhere.
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:35 AM   #8
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:32 AM   #9
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A closeup of the bread that's been in my refrigerator for 4 months.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:47 AM   #11
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So it was pretty obvious to me that it was a detail of a whale, but I thought it was a humpback whale, which was wrong.

I wondered about those white spots. I always assumed they were just barnacles. It's true there are some barnacles in there, but mostly the white stuff is "whale lice," or cyamids.

If you look just below the eye, you can see some of the individual lice clearly and see their legs. Creepy.

The cyamids live on tough patches of whale skin, like callouses, called callosities. The cyamids just live in the crevasses of the callosities and give them a white color. They are basically little miniature crabs that hook onto the skin and eat it. Poor whales.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:40 PM   #12
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Thanks for the rousing bout of piloerection!

I like my reef island better.
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...but mostly the white stuff is "whale lice,"...
WHALES GOT CRABS!!
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The cyamids live on tough patches of whale skin, like callouses, called callosities. The cyamids just live in the crevasses of the callosities and give them a white color. They are basically little miniature crabs that hook onto the skin and eat it. Poor whales.
But isn't it dead skin? Like those little fish that eat on people's feet in the spas in Japan.
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