28 March 2011

What is this?


Does anyone know whether the animal in the above picture is real, and if so, what species it is? I didn't think that arthropods of such size still existed. It does resemble a eurypterid of the Paleozoic, some species of which were even larger than this -- but all of the eurypterids became extinct before the dinosaurs were a gleam in evolution's eye.

13 Comments:

Blogger Ahab said...

Hmmm ... looks photoshopped to me, but I could be mistaken. The real question is, does that guy have enough melted butter to serve along with it?

28 March, 2011 17:36  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

i think it's what you get when you cross a lobster with a cockroach.

28 March, 2011 22:49  
Blogger mendip said...

Would agree with both of Ahab's observations. There's a site for cryptozoology that I've found to be pretty good, and they get cases/photos like this all the time, they might be of some help - cryptomundo.com

29 March, 2011 06:15  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: Thanks. One of these days I should read up on Photoshop -- I have no idea how to spot a faked picture. I thought at first it might be a model, but it would be a lot of work to make something like that.

You couldn't get me to eat that thing for all the tea in China -- aside from the fact that it looks just as capable of eating me. Eurypterids were more closely related to scorpions than to lobsters, anyway.

Nonnie: Cockroaches and lobsters are quite bad enough by themselves, thanks -- even being the size they are.

Mendip: Thanks for the link. It's incredible what people believe in or try to convince others to believe in. If the bigfoot nutters ever produced a photo one-tenth as convincing as this one, I might think they were on to something -- but the more I look at it, this critter actually is a eurypterid, therefore it can't be real.

29 March, 2011 06:52  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

There was a creature, an arthropod, that was discovered a few years ago. It did not look like it could be real. It was crab-like with, yellow, and with a furry tail, IIRC.

The creature in your post will now haunt my nightmares.

Eurypterid? Eubyterid!

29 March, 2011 13:13  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

PS. I just found this.

29 March, 2011 13:15  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

SK: The creature in your post will now haunt my nightmares.

Not very cuddly, is it?

Thanks for the link. I'm glad it's fake. Ants are bad enough.

29 March, 2011 14:00  
Blogger Robert the Skeptic said...

Shaw You nailed it!! I usually can find pictures like these on "snopes.com" but was unsuccessful. Imagine it will show up there eventually.

29 March, 2011 15:44  
Blogger Murr Brewster said...

It's totally real, and the reason I haven't cleaned under my bed since The Incident.

29 March, 2011 22:54  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

I just had to comment ater reading all these comment's, that the first thing I thought when I seen this yesterday, was it made me hungry .... I first thought of crawfish. I remember as a kid a friend who lived on the coast in Seabrook (outside Houston), we used to go over his stilted cottage on the shore and he would put nets out and get the crawfish, boil them in a big pot and we'd smoother them in cajun hot sauce ... a night of munchies from all the pot we would smoke and all them damn fish we would satisfy our appetite's with, washing it all down with Lone Star beer ... just brought back pleasant memories of a simpler time! :)

30 March, 2011 04:57  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

RtS: Very likely, since it's apparently been making the rounds.

MB: If "The Incident" looked anything like this, I don't blame you.

RC: Fine, if any surviving eurypterids are ever discovered, we can sic you and Ahab on them, and the hideous abominations won't know what hit them. I'll stick with tofu.

30 March, 2011 10:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow... this thing looks so familiar to me... and I swear I've never seen anything like it... that's odd...

10 June, 2011 09:25  
Blogger Scott Lynch said...

Damn! That is one ugly lookin' critter! I hope to God it ain't real. Melted Butter?!?! I hope you arn't suggesting eating it?

14 December, 2011 13:10  

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