Mystery Photo

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  1. parrothead macrumors 6502a

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    A coworker of mine took this photo, can anyone guess what it is? (if anyone wants it as a desttop i.e. bigger photo, email me.)
     

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  2. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    I'll gues some sort of sea urchin or something.
     
  3. parrothead thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good guess, I will reveal the answer later to give a few more people to get a chance to take a look! ;)
     
  4. latergator116 macrumors 68000

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    I would say an upclose picture of a cactus of some sort, but I can't explain the blue light.
     
  5. macka macrumors regular

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    Hmm...something really nasty magnified 1000 times...
    Or something really normal which looks really nasty magnified 1000 times.
     
  6. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816

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    looks to me like a blow-fish with a blue light shining on it from above.
     
  7. Souljas macrumors regular

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    mmmm, maybe an elecronmicrograph of a dust mite :confused:
     
  8. poopyhead macrumors 6502a

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    sicillia of an amoeba?
    but wait
    your profile says you're a marine biologist
    I'll go with some sort of echinoderm
    maybe a starfish of some sort
     
  9. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Looking at the larger photo, I would agree that its alive. A sea urchin or some type of ocean animal would be a good guess.
     
  10. iMook macrumors regular

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    I'd say that it's a false-color image, so probably something quite small indeed.

    Some type of seed coat?

    P.S.- Amoebas don't have cilia, and I don't believe cilia are that long and stiff.

    P.P.S. - At the middle far right, you'll notice the surface bends in, into what could possibly be an orifice. I can't think of any organism which would still have spikes INSIDE that orifice.

    edit: typo
     
  11. Darwinstoy macrumors newbie

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    its from the side of a puffer fish, it defends itself with a really deadly poison. some people will dare to eat it.
    :rolleyes:
     
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    Pufferfish have poison? I thought there were only two kinds: one with spikes... which hurt to bite, and the other with just sheer size, which serves an intimidation purpose and make them impossible to swallow. Of course, some spiny fish do have toxin barbs, like the lionfish. But, I don't think people eat those. But yeah, there definitely IS a poisonous fish that Japanese consider a delicacy if prepared properly (sole?).
     
  14. poopyhead macrumors 6502a

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    I apologize a protozoa
     
  15. poopyhead macrumors 6502a

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    It's puffer fish
    called fugu
    the same poison is also supposedly used in the Caribbean in order to "zombify" people
    a very powerful (I think) muscle relaxant
     
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    Thats what I think as well. its a fish.

    Cheers
     
  19. macka macrumors regular

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    Well clearly we're all dying to know what that thing is.

    Wanna enlighten us, parrothead? :)
     
  20. Doctor Q Administrator

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    It's the newest, closest shot yet of Saturn, taken by the Cassini probe!
     
  21. parrothead thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    THE ANSWER!!

    Hey all,

    I have really enjoyed your guesses. Sorry I didn't update over the weekend, but I was busy doing things in the real world. Those of you that guessed sea urchin or echinoderm were the closest.
    and the photo is....

    drum roll ..............

    It is a shot of a Crown of Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci )taken from about a foot away. The photo was shot in American Samoa. The COT is indeed a venomous creature. If you were to touch one of those spines you would get a nasty sting. I have seen these critters up to about 2 feet across. You may have heard of these things because they can have outbreaks of them and they eat all the coral in their paths. I have a bunch more under-and-above-water photos from Samoa if anyone want some new interesting desktop photos.

    One more thing, thanks everyone for putting up with my nerdiness and playing my little game!
     
  22. Krizoitz macrumors 6502a

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    It would be interesting to have something like this on a regular basis, although not just sea creature pictures I hope. But close up shots or shots that only partially show something to see if people can make the connections.
     
  23. thejazzman10 Guest

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    LMAO!!! :D :D maybe that starfish could provide power??? :D
     
  24. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I enjoyed playing the game game, thank you. Would like to see a full photo. Do you have additional pictures that would fit a 17" or 23" Cinema Display?
     
  25. parrothead thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The photos I am talking about were taken by a 5MP camera, I dont know if that is big enough so if anyone else knows feel free to contribute.
     

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