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'Extinct' Tree lobster found after 80 years


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:06 PM

www.dailymail.co.uk said:

A narrow and forbidding rock that stands higher than the Empire State Building, it does not look like the most welcoming place to set up home.

But that did not stop an insect which was thought to be extinct for 80 years from building its last known colony on the 1,844ft high Ballís Pyramid.

Scientists have discovered 24 of the creatures living 500ft above the South Pacific Ocean around the single plant that had survived on the rock.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:10 PM

Great find!  Well done, guys.


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:14 PM

I'm glad they are still alive..... but I'll be seeing them in my nightmares for awhile. :ph34r:


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Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:02 AM

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Nobody could say how they got there in  the first place - but four have now been taken off and have bred  thousands more to ensure their species survives.

Umm...Yay?:unsure2:


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Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:15 AM

View PostJack_of_Blades, on 01 March 2012 - 10:14 PM, said:

I'm glad they are still alive..... but I'll be seeing them in my nightmares for awhile. :ph34r:
No kidding.  Large insects creep me out!

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:18 AM

Whoa, I love stories like this. It's like...redemption and shizz.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:44 AM

This is what makes living all about.


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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:31 PM

Uh oh.    This is going to be used by all the bigfoot believers as evidence.    I can hear it now.  "Science thought this was extinct.   Why can't a bigfoot hide from us too"?


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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:34 PM

I am curious.  The article said that climbers claim to have seen droppings.   That's why the 2 scientists went to investigate.   Pretty knowledgable climbers to identify droppings of an insect thought to be extinct. :unsure:


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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:36 PM

Wow, on a single rock out in the ocean. What are the odds of them ever being found? I want to pet one!

And now I have the song 'Rock Lobster' stuck in my head. Thanks for that article...

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:46 PM

Out of reach of humans is best.


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Posted 02 March 2012 - 12:55 PM

Glad they survived, we have a lot of blood on our hands already.  :(

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Out of reach of humans is best.

So true. Haha

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:37 PM

Wait, out of reach of humans, there were fourteen left.  Now that humans found them, there are thousands.

I get that it's cool to dump on humans all the time and all, but come on...a little credit where it's due.

And yeah, I sure that somewhere, someone is going to claim that we introduced dogs, cats, rats, or sold diseased blankets which killed the previous tree lobsters, but really, did anyone check before assuming it is the fault of the humans?


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Posted 02 March 2012 - 01:40 PM

So I take is as a bug we shouldnt squish


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Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:36 PM

Man if I found that dude in my house... I would have to capture him and take him outside... hummm... After a period of freaking out!





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