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Discussion in '☋ Diving and Marine Life ☋' started by heksje, Sep 22, 2011.

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  1. heksje

    heksje DI New Member

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    Hi everyone, first of all, thanks for taking the time to read my thread.

    a friend of mine took a nice picture
    (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4603212/283336_2210208105914_1568834669_2392906_3041782_n.jpg) of a strange head found on a beach in Canoa Quebrada (in Céara, north-east of Brasil) It was quite big (larger than say a soccerball). and it fascinated me as noone could tell me what it was.
    My first guess would be some kind of cartilaginous fish (Class of sharks and rays), but I couldn't find it.

    so any hints or indications are welcome!
    thx
     
  2. Knowdafish

    Knowdafish DI Forum Luminary

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    Deep Sea Duck-billed Platypus? It sure is strange looking! :eek:
     
  3. Rhoody

    Rhoody DI Forum Luminary

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    My first guess would be a great Photoshop.
    second, offspring of a duck raped by a whale-shark
    third, a sub-species of a Manjurai (usually a freshwater-fish)

    I still tend to believe the first guess
     
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    expatron DI Forum Patron

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    How about a sardine caught off shore from the Japanese nuclear power plant?
    Or my brother's ex wife? Just joking because I don't have a clue
    Ron
     
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    heksje DI New Member

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    haha, thanks guys, but I'm inclined to believe that this really is an existing specimen (I mean really, the detail on the thing: must be an awfully good photoshopper, who knows his biology), which is why I'm taking the effort to identify it.
    so for the sake of argument, let's assume it's real.
     
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    Probably some poor Alien's pet who was left behind when it got out of the flying saucer for a leak .. think how sad they must be ..
     
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    Looks like the head of the Common Eagle Ray.
     
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    well, I was looking way more exotic and did not see the obvious... shame on me. I think you are pretty correct with the spotted eagle ray.

    [​IMG]
     
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    After querying "eagle ray" on Yahoo images, I have to concur with balustre.


     
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    permres DI Forum Adept

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    Same pic I saw, Rhoody!! I was going to post the pic, too, but it looked like it might be copyright protected, but not too sure.
     
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