The Cellar  

Go Back   The Cellar > Images > Image of the Day

Image of the Day Images that will blow your mind - every day. [Blog] [RSS] [XML]

Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 3 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 08-09-2008, 02:25 AM   #1
The future is unwritten
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 71,105
August 9, 2008: It's a Dolphin

Not only a Dolphin, but a new type of Dolphin, from far off, end of the Earth, exotic, Australia.

A DIMINUTIVE dolphin called "Snubby" may make history in marine science if DNA samples taken this week from animals off the northwest Kimberley coast prove they are the world's newest dolphin species or sub-species.

The Australian snubfin dolphin, whose short dorsal fin and rounded snout differs radically from those in other dolphin species, was discovered in 2005 insmall populations across the Top End and north Queensland coasts.

The shy species was initially mistaken for an Irrawaddy dolphin, which is found in coastal areas and rivers in Southeast Asia. However, it was later confirmed as a new species unique to Australia, and the first new dolphin species found in the world for 50 years.

But the "snubbies" swimming a few hundred metres offshore from Broome's popular tourist beaches may reveal even more diversity if they are found to be a unique sub-species restricted to the Kimberley region.

Scientists from WWF Australia, led by cetacean ecologist Deborah Thiele, spent this week collecting dolphin skin samples using darts launched from a boat, to confirm whether Kimberley snubfins differ from the other northern Australian populations.

She said their long isolation from animals living further north and east along Australia's coastline could have caused evolutionary differences.
"There's been no genetic information from the Kimberley so they may be a separate species again," Dr Thiele said.
"We're doing work here and in the Northern Territory to clarify whether the dolphins we're seeing are an Australian snubfin or another new species."

NO, it's not a freakin shark! :p
The descent of man ~ Nixon, Friedman, Reagan, Trump.
xoxoxoBruce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2008, 02:29 AM   #2
Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lake Tahoe, California
Posts: 103
not the best looking dolphin, thats for sure
Agent-G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2008, 03:04 AM   #3
Glutton for Gluttony
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 1,409
This kinda looks like a children's drawing come to life.

"Mommy, lookit what I made!"
"Oh! That's a very nice... um... Beluga whale? Shark? Dolphin?"
Chocolatl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2008, 03:21 AM   #4
Operations Operative
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 479
Reminds me of that guitar-playing kid in Deliverance.
newtimer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2008, 04:39 AM   #5
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,911

That's why it's still around. So ugly the sharks avoid it!

"You ate what??!"
SPUCK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2008, 06:51 AM   #6
Beware of potatoes
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Upstate NY, USA
Posts: 2,078
Looks like the elusive corn eyed butt snake.
"I believe that being despised by the despicable is as good as being admired by the admirable."
spudcon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2008, 08:42 AM   #7
Only looks like a disaster tourist
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: above 7,000 feet
Posts: 7,208
That's so obviously a man in a rubber suit. What are they trying to pull?
Keep Your Bodies Off My Lawn

SteveDallas's Random Thread Picker.
HungLikeJesus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2008, 10:01 AM   #8
Why, you're a regular Alfred E Einstein, ain't ya?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 21,206
Looks kind of like a manatee. Oh, the huge manatee!
A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones who need the advice.
--Bill Cosby
Shawnee123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2008, 10:52 AM   #9
lives inside a Mobius strip
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,120
If only it was a shark then its initials would describe it face rather well. But as a dolphin - well, it looks like an example of neoteny gone wrong.
I knew I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque! - Bugs Bunny
sweetwater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-2008, 08:25 PM   #10
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 76
sure looks like a beluga to me...
ajaccio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2008, 05:51 PM   #11
The Un-Tuckian
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: South Central...KY that is
Posts: 39,517
Some stand-up comedian (Maybe George Carlin or Denis Leary) had a bit that sorta goes: People say 'Don't eat tuna, boycott tuna.'
Why? 'Because dolphins get caught in the nets. Dolphins are cute and playful and we love them.' Well, what about the tuna? 'Fuck the tuna, they taste good!'

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, EPA, FBI, DEA, CDC, or FDIC. These statements are not intended to diagnose, cause, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you feel you have been harmed/offended by, or, disagree with any of the above statements or images, please feel free to fuck right off.
Gravdigr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2008, 12:27 PM   #12
polaroid of perfection
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: West Yorkshire
Posts: 24,185
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
Looks kind of like a manatee. Oh, the huge manatee!
Ooh I was thinking about airships just today! I saw one over Greenwich and thought, "Wow I'd love to go up in one!" just because it would remind me of all the cool alternate universes where they still have them (I'd be busy pretending to be Thursday Next or Lyra Silvertongue!)

Came back to work and checked it out online. Whaddya know - it wasn't a promotional airship I saw - it was an actual fee-paying sightseeing one. The FEE in fee-paying is well out of my reach. But wonderful to know it's there (in my backyard!) should I ever win the lottery.
A handful of paying passengers will be able to do just that over the coming six weeks - weather permitting - if their pockets are deep enough to pay 360 for the hour-long flight, rather more than the cost of a return fare to Florida, but apparently comparable to a helicopter trip ... and quieter.
From the article, photograph Graeme Robertson
Attached Images
Sundae is offline   Reply With Quote

animal, dolphin

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:20 AM.

Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.