Guess the creature

Reader Barry sent this tw**t, and readers can have fun guessing what it is. (I have no idea.) I’m off to the Museum in Wellington.

42 Comments

  1. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    A sea beastie jelly.

  2. busterggi
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Some sea cucumber?

    Cucumbers are green you know.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted March 30, 2017 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

      My first thought too. I’ll see what the rest of the world has to say now.

  3. Somite
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen this movie before and it looks just like an extant Hallucigenia.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallucigenia

    • busterggi
      Posted March 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

      I had the same thought but didn’t want to go all cryptid.

    • Darren Garrison
      Posted March 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

      First thing that came to mind for me, too, or some sort of lobopod. But probably a weird-ass sea cucumber.

  4. Paul
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melibe_viridis

  5. Posted March 29, 2017 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Uneducated guess: nudibranch.

    Mike

    • Richard Portman
      Posted March 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      I think so too. Whoa! Way cool.

      • Byron Morris
        Posted March 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

        Agree

    • W.Benson
      Posted March 30, 2017 at 9:25 am | Permalink

      Nudibranch? Seems like a good guess.

  6. alexandra Moffat
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    I hope that it is 16’ long, is hungry, carnivorous, and can be turned loose in the WH.

  7. Simon Hayward
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    It looks like an animator’s impression of something from the Burgess shale. Really cool. And Alexandra is right….he needs a pet 🙂

    • Whitt Staircase
      Posted March 30, 2017 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

      If he had a pet, he would just put it on the payroll.

      • Diane G.
        Posted March 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

        Would be a better Secretary of State than Tillerson, better Secretary of Education than DeVos, etc., etc….

  8. loren russell
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    I’d say, scan and merge some kelp, aHallucinigenia and my kitchen dish-drying rack, add some pea-soup for color then run it through a 3D printer..

  9. ploubere
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    wtf

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted March 29, 2017 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

      +1

    • HaggisForBrains
      Posted March 30, 2017 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      Nine-legged water Dyson. Obviously.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted March 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

      Someone, somewhere, must have named a species or genus “WTFensis” or something similar.

  10. Liz
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Stachys byzantina ferned jellyfish.

  11. Mark
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Nudibranch

  12. Jenny Haniver
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    As per Paul above,and others, it’s definitely a melibe viridis. What a bizarre creature and what a mouth. Here are some interesting facts http://www.wildsingapore.com/wildfacts/mollusca/slugs/nudibranchia/melibe.htm

    Some good videos of the creature on Youtube, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VquL4JwwUas and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RB6Wuw1SyrU. And some cool videos of other nudibranchs

    • Jenny Haniver
      Posted March 29, 2017 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

      At the risk of being politically incorrect, I’m going to call it Martha Raye.

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 29, 2017 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for those! Also–lol!

      • Jenny Haniver
        Posted March 30, 2017 at 10:34 am | Permalink

        Maybe Joe E. Brown.

        • busterggi
          Posted March 30, 2017 at 10:56 am | Permalink

          Could qualify as an ‘Earthworm Tractor’.

  13. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    That is a weird one, but it did not take long for the WEITers to identify it.

  14. chascpeterson
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Wow that’s weird. I was thinking mollusk because the only other thing I’ve seen with a mouth like that is a cone snail. viz:

    • nicky
      Posted March 29, 2017 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Thought that the geographic conus kiled their prey with a venomous harpoon, but here it starts swallowing before harpooning (if at all). Cone shells have many different neurotoxins and are capable of killing you.

  15. ratabago
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    From the static image I guessed either a nudibranch or a sea-cucumber. Having watched the video of it feed I’m now leaning strongly towards sea-cucumber.

    • ratabago
      Posted March 29, 2017 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

      I have to stand corrected now that I’ve seen Jenny Haniver’s Wild Singapore wildlife facts link.

  16. Posted March 29, 2017 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Looks like one of those Poodle crosses that are so popular nowadays — not quite sure with what…

    • Diane G.
      Posted March 29, 2017 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      A nudidoodle?

  17. hugh7
    Posted March 29, 2017 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Enjoy Te Papa, especially the Colossal Squid.

    • Posted March 30, 2017 at 1:22 am | Permalink

      Don’t miss the Steven’s Island wren, now extinct, the last ones were killed by the lighthouse keepers cat, but fortunately he sent the bodies to be stuffed and mounted.

  18. Posted March 30, 2017 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    How about testing the sea cucumber with a sea cat?

  19. Paul Dymnicki
    Posted March 30, 2017 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    computer-generated imagery


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