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#1 khathlan

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 04:53 AM

Hi folks

Can anyone please help in identifying this creature.

Info: on sand, 30m down , in Red Sea. max. dimension is about 25 cms (10 inches), looked alive, not crawling, no marks in the sand near by. Looked to have a soft texture.

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#2 lindsay

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 08:16 AM

Wow thats strange,looks like a giant tunicate lol,welcome to IR,did you take any other pics?.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:44 AM

that looks like a big red sea max

at first glance i'd agree with Lindsay!
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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:50 AM

I would say it was some kind of cephalapod, the rest is guesswork, they are masters of disguise.
Great picture though.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 11:16 AM

Maybe a tunicate has incrusted it making it look different


Lovely pic m8 ,was the pic taken while on Holiday


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#6 khathlan

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 02:23 PM

Thanks everyone for your responses. I appreciate it.

Below is another photo, if it helps. Not really clear.

The photos were taken some weeks ago. Yes It was a "holiday" dive but Red Sea is my home turf for diving so actually I am going tomorrow to dive the exact same site to see if it is still there, or its remains .. or maybe even its siblings ! I know it is a very long shot but I am becoming obsessed with that "thing"

Your comments made me rethink my ideas. First I thought the siphon structure made it likely to be a cephalapod.

But when you talked about encrusting matter, now I think maybe the siphon structure is not natural (it is too straight !). Might be a snorkel like pipe encrusted with sponges or such.

Please let me know if you have any ideas, even wild ones.

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#7 lindsay

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 04:22 PM

Thanks everyone for your responses. I appreciate it.

Below is another photo, if it helps. Not really clear.

The photos were taken some weeks ago. Yes It was a "holiday" dive but Red Sea is my home turf for diving so actually I am going tomorrow to dive the exact same site to see if it is still there, or its remains .. or maybe even its siblings ! I know it is a very long shot but I am becoming obsessed with that "thing"

Your comments made me rethink my ideas. First I thought the siphon structure made it likely to be a cephalapod.

But when you talked about encrusting matter, now I think maybe the siphon structure is not natural (it is too straight !). Might be a snorkel like pipe encrusted with sponges or such.

Please let me know if you have any ideas, even wild ones.

Thanks

AAK

http://img826.images...23/img3169t.jpg


Good luck with the dive and let us know if you discover anything new about it?.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 11:23 PM

could also be a Melibe sp. sea slug

i was thinking something encrusting something till i saw what perhaps looks like a gastropod face if you squint alot on the right side of the animal
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Posted 22 September 2010 - 10:46 AM

If you look to the bottom right of the object there is what looks like a black plastic strap,not sure but i think this could be part of the picture

I still go with a tunicate encrusted object of some sort .I think the thing that is throwing us all is the tube but this could be anything .
Keep us posted m8 as i also would love to know what it is


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#10 lindsay

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 10:04 AM

Ime still going with Tunicates,any further info?.

#11 khathlan

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 04:37 PM

Ime still going with Tunicates,any further info?.


Sorry Lindsay, it does not seem to be a tunicate. I got some initial feedback from mollusk specialists in Belgium and Germany, and it seems that its is a gastropod. They identfied the genus but still not definite about the species. I will update you when it is clear.

I did 2 dives at the same site few days ago, hoping to find its remains or solid leftovers but no luck. It is too deep to have some serious time underwater. Otherwise the diving was spectacular. Classical Red Sea reefs.

Thanks for your help

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 04:50 PM

Sorry Lindsay, it does not seem to be a tunicate. I got some initial feedback from mollusk specialists in Belgium and Germany, and it seems that its is a gastropod. They identfied the genus but still not definite about the species. I will update you when it is clear.

I did 2 dives at the same site few days ago, hoping to find its remains or solid leftovers but no luck. It is too deep to have some serious time underwater. Otherwise the diving was spectacular. Classical Red Sea reefs.

Thanks for your help

AAK


Sounds good,shame you did not find it again,do you have any other pictures to share?.

#13 khathlan

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:14 PM

Sounds good,shame you did not find it again,do you have any other pictures to share?.


Thanks for your interest.

If you mean any more pictures of the "thing" then sorry but no. However, After searching for it for 10 minutes at 30 meters I was very lucky to pump into a couple of rare robust ghostpipfishes (Solenostomus cyanopterus) who strayed from the nearby grassbeds. I was very happy with that as I did not see them in the Red Sea for the past few years and managed to take some 50 photos (one is attached).

If anyone happens to know a specialist in mollusks please let me know, they may also help.

Ciao

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Posted 30 September 2010 - 10:11 AM

Thanks for your interest.

If you mean any more pictures of the "thing" then sorry but no. However, After searching for it for 10 minutes at 30 meters I was very lucky to pump into a couple of rare robust ghostpipfishes (Solenostomus cyanopterus) who strayed from the nearby grassbeds. I was very happy with that as I did not see them in the Red Sea for the past few years and managed to take some 50 photos (one is attached).

If anyone happens to know a specialist in mollusks please let me know, they may also help.

Ciao

AAK

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Cool looking fish,thanks for posting,please feel free to post any coral or fish pictures,its always good to view these creatures in their natural surroundings,pictures like these are of great interest especially to those who cant go and see them first hand.

#15 khathlan

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 05:21 PM

Cool looking fish,


Thanks for your interest.

What is really cool is that if you look carefully at the ventral fin, you can see a brood pouch that the fish uses to keep its eggs. Unlike their cousins (the seahorses) ghostpipefishes assign the task to females not males. I hope the photo is clear enough, but I noticed only after the dive on the screen

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 10:57 PM

Thanks for your interest.

What is really cool is that if you look carefully at the ventral fin, you can see a brood pouch that the fish uses to keep its eggs. Unlike their cousins (the seahorses) ghostpipefishes assign the task to females not males. I hope the photo is clear enough, but I noticed only after the dive on the screen

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Yeah very good,not sure why but i cant see the picture today but could a day or so ago.




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