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Edna Barrie has forwarded along some pictures of large fish (and one large frog). I don't see any reason to think any of these aren't real.

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Categories: Animals, Photos/Videos
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 12, 2005
Comments (64)
Pete,

Yes people can actually be that stupid, BUT, if what you state is actually the case then we're just just both having BIG fun... because that's all I'm really doing myself!

I could care less about any of the subject matter personally. I was just trying to get him to redirect his stupidity at me... which was VERY easy to do. Once that was accomplished I was simply "stoking" the fire to keep warm. Know what I mean...

Thanks for the warning though...

grin
Posted by Mark-N-Isa  in  Midwest USA  on  Thu May 12, 2005  at  08:57 PM
Right, I think that anybody who can confuse that third pic for a stingray really needs their eyes checked. Even in the thumbnail version of the pic, the sillhouette is totally wrong to be a stingray.

The frog looks kinda oversized too. Big Gary C made the comment that it reminded him of a Cane Toad, which I agree with, except that it's not a cane toad, as they're not usually that shade of green!
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Thu May 12, 2005  at  10:04 PM
Petey, wink You get it. Thanks.
Look at all my posts. I'm hilarious.
I'm a FUNNY Hairy Houdini.
Props to all my fans.
But you don't have to ignore me.
PS- It's a STING RAY
Posted by booch  on  Fri May 13, 2005  at  01:12 PM
Booch said:"I'm a FUNNY Hairy Houdini." Hey, spud- don't me involved in this. You're on your own.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Fri May 13, 2005  at  01:46 PM
Oh no! I'm on my own? OOOOOOOOOOOH. Of course I'm on my own, Harry- if I was with you, I'd be mediocre, unfunny, and lame. HAIRY Houdini- that's genius! You made a funny out of your name! You're about as funny as Gallagher. Um, I think I'll go ahead and continue out on my own, Harry, where the laughs are.

It's a STING RAY

Be my friend, Harry... I'm just kiddin' around....
Posted by booch  on  Fri May 13, 2005  at  02:26 PM
This has left the world of the pathetic and entered the world of flaming. booch knows it's a crab. He's just trying to rile people up. I suggest everyone just stop responding to his sad attempt at attention. Maybe leo is feeling lonely - at least his arguments seem to come from the heart.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Fri May 13, 2005  at  02:47 PM
Um...Booch? It's Hairy, not Harry. "Harry" is a nickname for "Harold". "Hairy" is my given name. I was born hirsute. Hairy Heinrich Houdini. Get it right, dillweed. And, no, you can't be my friend. You can be my PAL, tho.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Fri May 13, 2005  at  03:16 PM
Hey, Chary, don't invoke the leos. They might come out the woodwork and start insulting me again!
Posted by Smerk  in  to mischief  on  Sat May 14, 2005  at  12:07 AM
This is so out of control.

And just to clarify...BOOCH (you faggity douche bag you!)my name is spelled MAEGAN, b/c it is pronounce MAY-GAN, not MEGG-AN. If I were pronouncing it MEGG-AN, it would have been spelled Meagan, or Megan, or Meghan, or Megen. But it's not spelled any of those ways, b/c it's not pronounced any of those ways. Maegan is different from Megan, just like Hairy is different from Harry. Get it straight, you faggity douche bag.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun May 15, 2005  at  08:39 AM
Perhaps this site ought to implement a policy of purely socratic dialogue (look it up) before Mack-N-Jean, Morgan, Hoary Hardoni, dooch, Chalybeate, and the rest reach sufficient temperature and pressure to initiate nuclear fusion and level several large parts of the US!

Sheesh, you didn't see *me* get all overt about people calling me 'Dave' did you!?
Posted by David B.  in  Reading, England.  on  Sun May 15, 2005  at  09:51 AM
Listen up, Dave...why would all of our posts relate to Socrates? That just wouldn't make sense!

Also, b/c of my name, usually the first thing I have EVER said to someone I meet for the first time is, "It's MAEgan, actually." It's sort of nice b/c I can be a little bit annoying, and a little bit condescending, while still correcting someone all at the same time.

When someone takes the time to insult us, we'd like to put the same thought & time into tearing them down. It's just our way. We'd hate for them to have posted in vain, only for us to ignore them. It's just courtesy that causes us to 'go fusion' on their asses.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Sun May 15, 2005  at  12:17 PM
Picture no. 3 is fake. Horseshoe crabs (actually closely related to Spiders rather than crabs) do not grow this large, and spend more time out of water. They are only semi-aquatic. The picture is ceratinly not a stingray! I'm glad so many noticed the truth in this photo. Martin Stickley BSC (Hons) Marine Biology.
Posted by Martin Stickley  in  Scarborough, u.k  on  Wed May 18, 2005  at  08:31 AM
MAY GAN,
Funy but I always thought that YOU were a 'faggity douchebag' because you can't spell & don't come off as very bright. But this obsession w/clarifying your own name is really tedious to keep reading about. But what do I know? I'm just as ASS HAT. Guess I'll move along now...
Bye,
Ass Hat
Posted by Ass Hat  on  Fri May 20, 2005  at  09:14 PM
Yes, I have made as ASS HAT typo or 2 in the previous post. So before you all CRUCIFY me for that, let me point out that when I said MAY GAN couldn't spell I was refering to someone who just consistently spells many things quite strangely. I don't check my posts normally & don't think ONE or TWO typos is a travesty. But crucify me in ASS HAT fashion if you must...
Posted by Ass Hat  on  Fri May 20, 2005  at  09:18 PM
the shadows are inconsistent in the crab pic
Posted by tim  on  Wed Jun 01, 2005  at  06:56 PM
it's still a sting ray...
Posted by booch  on  Wed Jul 06, 2005  at  04:49 PM
Well all I know is that this is a big shark.
http://www.elasmo-research.org/education/topics/r_largest.htm
Posted by Lofybob  on  Fri Jul 08, 2005  at  01:22 AM
There is no reason to believe the squid pictures are fake. The giant squid (Architeuthis dux) gets to at least 59 feet long, maybe even larger. Both pictures seem to be consistent with that. Also, we have never seen a live adult. All we have are rotting corpses that wash up on beaches or mangled specimens hauled in by fishermen. Again, both pictures show considerable damage which is consistent with that, including the odd looking eye.

The "stingray" is very obviously fake. Not only is the glare and shadow wrong (not to mention the label; obviously a horseshoe crab), but the largest species of horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), only gets to about 2 feet total length. There is no giant species, and no amount of feeding or vitamins will create a 10+ foot monster like in the picture. Also, horseshoe crabs are not semi-aquatic. The only time they come on land is to mate and lay eggs. While they are more closely related to spiders than to crabs, they aren't arachnids. They have their own taxonomic class, Merostomata, which is equal in taxonomic weight with class Arachnida. Horseshoe crabs are only about as closely related to arachnids as we are to fish, and even more distantly related to crabs. None of the four species are found on "South African shores," nor do any of them have any mechanism to survive freezing.

The frog picture does appear to be real. The frog pictured is the African bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus)or pixie frog as someone pointed out. It gets to nearly a foot (in length and diameter) and isn't even the world's biggest frog. That honor goes to the goliath frog (Conraua goliath) which is slightly bigger.

Mike G, Marine bio student
Posted by Mike G  in  Auburn University  on  Thu Jul 21, 2005  at  11:34 AM
god . . . finally somebody like Mike post something that sounds smart.
Posted by i read all these post out of boredom, hence the ti  on  Sun Aug 21, 2005  at  03:25 AM
The thing with the crab picture that throws me is that the guys has a pole sticking above the water but not his arms. Yet, I see a shadow of this arms over the water, yet the picture seems to be taken from farther out. I don't think I should see a shadow. Not to mention that his arms don't seem to be over the water anyway. My guess is that crab is pretty small and a guy on a pier was plopped on to with some shadows applied.
Posted by John  on  Wed Sep 14, 2005  at  10:21 AM
I "wish" the horseshoe crab was real because i think they are cool, highly doubtful though..... I'm only saying this because of the scientific recordings of the growth of them... In theory one that large really could exist given all the right conditions.... I'm no genius or college student or anything, so I'm greatly putting my word on the line but hey, I personally don't care because in my world, everything that exists is always in theory because truthfully what really is real aside from what you see with your own eyes?
Posted by Elomeda  in  USA  on  Mon Nov 21, 2005  at  06:11 AM
And honestly I seen the picture of the crab on a totally different site and ran across this site searching to see if it was real because it is astonishing to me....
So, if I find any information on it being some world record crab or something, I'll take the liberty of posting the information here with given links for proof, but I doubt I will find anything...
Oh and the other pictures are real as far as I can tell...
Posted by Elomeda  in  USA  on  Mon Nov 21, 2005  at  06:15 AM
Booch, just admit ur wrong. U know it, just look at the picture properly. A horse shoe crab has a distinct Traperzium shaped edge between the partition of the front half of body and the back half of body, you can see it clearly in the #3 picture, a stingray's body doesnt come in two partitions.
Posted by Will  on  Thu Dec 15, 2005  at  09:22 AM
Booch know what it is, he/she is just trying to antagonize people and get them to argue. Most people just ignore Booch now.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Thu Dec 15, 2005  at  12:08 PM
I think the horseshoe crab picture is a fake, there are two shadows for the persons pole, there is one that is attached to his bodies shadow and the other is right over the water. I dont see why the shadow would match up like that. It could have been photoshopped? Can anyone prove me wrong?
Posted by Michael Maniotis  in  Bronx, New York  on  Fri Dec 16, 2005  at  01:22 PM
lol... haven't seen such a retard in awhile. had a good laugh and brightened up my day. gd that everyone else was mature enough to ignore the guy's attention seeking behaviour.
Posted by andrew  on  Thu Jan 05, 2006  at  02:58 AM
1 is true. Squid really get that big. I'd guess it si a specimen of Archoteuthys Maximus the giant squid not Archoteuthys Hamiltoni the collossal squidas I can't see any hooks.

2 is false. The body (mantle) is not sausage shaped! It is flat.The eye is also wrong. I assure you I am talking sense.Im a expert.

3 is obviously a horse shoe crab, although he wont listen. I have touched rays they are soft and the horse shoe crabs are hard. It was photoshopped and whoever say its a stingray is misinformed.


4 is real its just a big African frog. There are obsure report of 3-foot frogs from China for anyone interested.
Posted by J  on  Sun Oct 01, 2006  at  03:47 PM
The west coast is a lot nicer that the east (no hurricanes) but it is still a horseshoe crab. Booch, if you live near San Diego, visit the stingray/horseshoe crab pool. They actually have both together so you can compare them. The animal in the picture is segmented and doesn't look like any of the stingrays we have down here.
Posted by MooseProwler  in  San Diego  on  Tue Oct 10, 2006  at  03:15 PM
Oops, I should have read that before posting it and I just noticed the typo. I also forgot to say that the horseshoe crabs were at Sea World (though some may have guessed).
Posted by MooseProwler  in  San Diego  on  Tue Oct 10, 2006  at  03:21 PM
No no... number 4 is definitely a fake... something isn't right with that boy.... LOL just kidding... smile
Posted by Raj  in  Trinidad  on  Mon Apr 16, 2007  at  10:24 PM
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