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Feb. 24th, 2010 | 08:32 pm
mood: amusedamused

First of all, alizara , today's Something Positive made me think of you.

Second of all, I put up another research blog, with pics.  Yesterday, while sorting fish, I came across a pipefish!  They are in the same family as seahorses, which i love.  Like love love.

I looked up the Wikipedia article (yeah, I know, Wikipedia) on seahorses, and found something that made me giggle:

 
"Throughout the male’s incubation, his mate visits him daily for “morning greetings”. The female seahorse swims over for about 6 minutes of interaction reminiscent of courtship. They change color, wheel around sea grass fronds, and finally promenade, holding each other’s tails. Then, the female swims away until the next morning, and the male goes back to vacuuming up food through his snout."
 
So the way seahorses feed makes me giggle anyway, and I just found these lines funny.  Slurp, slurp:

 


hehehehehe.  So awesome!  I'd really like to know more about their jaws -- it would be something to ask Dr. Francis, because his speciality is fish jaws, particularly those of flatfish, but he'd probably know something about them.  Their family name -- Syngnathidae -- means "jaws together" -- their jaws are fused.  I know that much, but I'd like to know more about the condition.  Like, ok, they use suction feeding, but most fish who use suction feeding exhibit protrusibility in their maxilla and mandible.  But seahorses don't have that -- so how do they generate the suction to feed?
 

Things are still going well.  I had a Physics test today, and I think I actually did pretty well on it.  I have a major lab report due Friday that I should be working on, but, meh, I wanted to write about seahorses.  They make me happy.

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from: accipiter
date: Feb. 25th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
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For being so widely recognized by the public, sea horses are strange little critters that most people know next to nothing about in regards to their peculiar habits.

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