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Giant Isopod hasnt eaten in four years .

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#1    Simbi Laveau

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:49 PM

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A giant isopod at the Toba aquarium in Mie prefecture , Japan ,has been on a hunger strike for 4 years.
No one knows why .
The aquarium has played with temperature ,to coax it into eating .
It rubs its face in food,but doesn't ingest any .
It hasn't eaten since 2009
Staff is quite frustrated .

Personally ,I think its protesting Abe in office .... :yes: ,or just AKB48 in general :w00t:

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

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Plainly they don't know enough about the animals to be able to keep them in captivity.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:24 PM

View PostFrank Merton, on 09 February 2013 - 03:58 PM, said:

Plainly they don't know enough about the animals to be able to keep them in captivity.
I agree.  Keeping ANYTHING captive and separated from it's natural habitat seems cruel to me.  It makes me wonder how much awareness such creatures have....

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:44 PM

Maybe hims tired of mackerels?  they should try bacon.  Its yum.

Edited by orangepeaceful79, 09 February 2013 - 04:48 PM.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 04:49 PM

maybe it needs seasonal changes and is in a state of hibernation as the tempertures are choosen on what they think makes them happiest. they might not have to eat much at a certain temperature but have to find food when the temperature is lax and they  need more energy.

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 05:01 PM

View PostArmchair Educated, on 09 February 2013 - 04:49 PM, said:

maybe it needs seasonal changes and is in a state of hibernation as the tempertures are choosen on what they think makes them happiest. they might not have to eat much at a certain temperature but have to find food when the temperature is lax and they  need more energy.

I think it said in the article they'd tried adjusting the temperature.


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:30 PM

Maybe just Maybe it doesn't want to be stuck in a ******* tank!


Or it's vegatarian........ :w00t:

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:38 PM

Maybe they just ended up getting the dumbest isopod of the bunch?  There's an idiot for every village.......


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Posted 09 February 2013 - 08:35 PM

View Postand then, on 09 February 2013 - 04:24 PM, said:

I agree.  Keeping ANYTHING captive and separated from it's natural habitat seems cruel to me.  It makes me wonder how much awareness such creatures have....
I've actually been to this aquarium .
I don't remember seeing the isopods at all ,but then they fixate on the whole pearl thing ,given the area.
Toba is where all the pearl divers are. The Ame they are called,and they're all women .Some in their 80s.

Mikimotos original location with a museum is there too .
So I was all interested in that ....I will see if anyone I know in Japan ,knows more ,because they pride themselves on being very advanced about animal care at their aquariums .


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 01:27 PM

It eats plants and corals


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:16 PM

If we did not capture and study critters of all sorts we would know nothing about them in order to conserve and protect them. It is unfortunate that people kill off species and that some are only alive in zoos and aquariums but through the study of these animals it may be possible to reintroduce them into their native environments. At least we seem to have gotten over the habit of having to kill everything to get a sample...never know if the sample we got was the last one.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

It probably needs to be exposed to more water pressure for it to feel right.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 02:39 PM

I dunno; if I were an animal in a zoo I might like it there.  That's all a city is anyway, and I don't want anyone putting me back in the wild.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 03:12 PM

I wonder what the life expectancy of this species is.


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Posted 10 February 2013 - 05:23 PM

My heart breaks for this poor creature. They tried 'rubbing it's face in the food' ...... for goodness' sake!!! What is the matter with these people?! After four years of not eating, why don't they just put it back where it belongs?

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