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#1    Owlscrying


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Posted 27 September 2007 - 06:41 PM

The albino white-spotted ratfish caught this summer during a marine survey in Washington's Puget Sound is the first albino fish ever spotted by local scientists.

Ratfish, bottom-dwelling relatives of skates and stingrays, are usually brown with white spots that act as camouflage.

The fish owe their name to their exceptionally long tails and rodentlike teeth that crush up clams and other prey lurking in the mud.

The foot-long (30-centimeter-long) pearly white female seen here had pale green eyes and was estimated to be about two or three years oldójust an adolescent.

But the rare creature's luck ran outóit died shortly after capture.

It now sparkles as the only albino specimen in the university's collection of 7.2 million fish


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Posted 28 September 2007 - 07:46 AM

Sweet !

has anyone seen the albino turtle?

It looks so funny lol .

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 08:08 AM

I wonder if he is descriminated agaisnt by the other catfish!? lol

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 08:11 AM

WOW. That's beautiful!!!! ANything to do with the sea or water I LOVE! Thanks great thread original.gif and that is just gorgeous! original.gif Jody

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 12:14 AM

He,s deffinitly a goofy looking little guy! To bad he died after capture.

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Posted 03 October 2007 - 12:35 AM

Very pretty! grin2.gif

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