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Monday, March 27, 2006


Remember Kiwa hirsuta, the recently described deep-sea lobster with the luscious golden tresses (above)? Craftsperson Kristen McQuillen of Tokyo, Japan has created a graven image of the "hairy goddess" in record time (below). See the details of her new plush toy (and a free pattern!) here.


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1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of those creatures that fill me with 'owww' and 'aaaah'at the same time. Rather like the sewing pattern....


2:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solar eclipse
Full solar eclipse - a unusual occurrence of the nature during which in the dark "night" sky it is possible to see the disk of the Sun surrounded by a bright crown blacked out by the Moon. However such effect is observed only at absolutely clear weather.

5:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is so great looking! :)

Did noahs arc have two of those on it? :)

Bono is Brian Peppers!
Cant play Quake 3

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow so cool! I wonder how THAT adaptation developed?
P.S. What did you mean speak up? Ask more questions about the fungal cycle?

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks freakishly like a Beanie Baby...

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It reminds me of these silly coats that were popular in the 70's. Short ski-jacket style, but the sleeves were long and covered with fake fur. They looked EXACTLY like that lobster. (So did the cheerleaders wearing them, but we won't go there...)

So, is the hair on the lobster a way for it to find food, or is it too new for them to know?

7:22 AM  
Blogger Carel Brest van Kempen said...

Alex: They just clung to the bottom of the boat.
Jonnie: A herpetologist friend of mine devised a law of evolution that states "sometimes animals evolve adaptations just for the hell of it." My own corollary to his law states that "sometimes animals evolve adaptations just to look glamorous."
p.s. just making light of your erased comment, which I could actually read, since it was automatically emailed to me.
CJ: ...and much more collectable!
Ms. Karen: Ha! You're right! I had forgotten all about those jackets! I haven't heard any speculation on the function of the fur, but I would say your guess that it has a tactile function is an excellent one.

4:53 PM  
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