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#331 drbill

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 10:33 PM

Captain John Smith of the Mayflower, or Captain John Smith of the Titanic?

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Just kidding, Dr. Bill...I'd never make fun of your ancestry!!!


Why, of Pocahantas fame, of course. Well before the Mayflower!

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 04:17 AM

Captain John Smith of the Mayflower, or Captain John Smith of the Titanic?

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Just kidding, Dr. Bill...I'd never make fun of your ancestry!!!


Why, of Pocahantas fame, of course. Well before the Mayflower!


Ooh!!! I stand corrected. Through that fog that I call elementary school, I must've erroniously associated Cpt. Smith with the Mayflower. Thanks for setting me straight.

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 07:23 AM

Hey, Capt. John Smith was a relative of mine (at least so my Mom told me when I was a kid). Good to know he had an "interest" in marine life!

OK... I'll try another "educated" guess... Atlantic stingray?

Still the wrong family - not a member of Dasyatidae....Cool that you are related to John Smith, however!

Another hint - the common name of this ray is based on the look of its schnoz (which I just checked spelling of online, and it is formally in Roget's and the dictionary).
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Posted 06 April 2006 - 03:50 PM

Still the wrong family - not a member of Dasyatidae....Cool that you are related to John Smith, however!

Another hint - the common name of this ray is based on the look of its schnoz (which I just checked spelling of online, and it is formally in Roget's and the dictionary).


Sharpnose?

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 04:34 PM


Still the wrong family - not a member of Dasyatidae....Cool that you are related to John Smith, however!

Another hint - the common name of this ray is based on the look of its schnoz (which I just checked spelling of online, and it is formally in Roget's and the dictionary).


Sharpnose?


Correct family (Myliobatidae) and but different genus than that of the sharpnosed ray, Myliobatus fremenvillii . Getting a lot closer. Look for another ray with a schnoz reference in its name...

Edited by lgrahamtx, 06 April 2006 - 04:35 PM.

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 11:57 AM

Another hint, as this seems to be dragging out with wrong guesses....

The Monterey Bay aquarium has this species of ray in its online field guide, complete with the John Smith story as part of it.
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Posted 07 April 2006 - 02:34 PM

Another hint, as this seems to be dragging out with wrong guesses....

I personally like it when we get one that takes people several tries. Think about all we are learning on our way to the right guess!! Excellent Creature Feature, lgrahamtx!! :cool2:
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Posted 19 April 2006 - 01:29 AM

Righto, I think got this one figured out (finally!!). Is it the Cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus)?

If its not right I have learn't more about Capt. John Smith than I ever wanted to. :P

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 02:05 PM

Righto, I think got this one figured out (finally!!). Is it the Cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus)?

If its not right I have learn't more about Capt. John Smith than I ever wanted to. :P


FINALLY, we have a winner!!! There were some bullnosed rays, too, but the overwhelming majority where cownose rays.

Now I guess it is your turn to stump us....

Edited by lgrahamtx, 19 April 2006 - 02:05 PM.

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 10:42 PM

OK I have been wrestling with all your local fishes so I'll give you one of mine.

Creature Feature 53

I'm a venomous little sucker.
I live in reefs from Australia to Japan.
And I get the blues if you disturb me.


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Posted 21 April 2006 - 10:53 PM

OK I have been wrestling with all your local fishes so I'll give you one of mine.

I'm a venomous little sucker.
I live in reefs from Australia to Japan.
And I get the blues if you disturb me.


Blue octo?

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 11:00 PM

Yep. Either that was to easy or your to smart. Well done.

Your turn. :P

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 11:03 PM

Yep. Either that was to easy or your to smart. Well done.

Your turn. :P


Your clues were too good. Why don't you come up with another down under clue:)

Still your turn.

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Posted 25 April 2006 - 10:45 PM

OK give this one a try.

Creature Feature 54

I am unusual for my species. Many of which are greatly feared.
I don't have to swim to breath, and I can eat and breath at the same time with the same organ.
I am found only in the southern Australian waters, but have relatives all over the world in tropical and temperate waters.
I can get to a size of 1.65cm but am commonly seen between 75 - 95cm.
With my distinctive marking I am easy to identify.


I hope I made this one a bit harder

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 04:22 PM

My guess: the Port Jackson Shark :D

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They are shaped very similar to California's Horn Sharks, which have spots.
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