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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Umbrella-mouth Gulper

London ~ February 20, 2010
Natural History Museum

I was so excited to find this critter swimming in the air behind glass. Partly I was excited because it's just weird, and partly because at the time I had one in my online store (see below). Note the teenie eyes up near the nose. This eel was about 18 inches long, I think.



This is the plastic gulper eel I had in the store. I've said it in past tense because, unfortunately, we don't have this guy around anymore. Like so many wonderful realistic toy animals, the manufacturer discontinued it. What can they have been thinking?

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10 comments:

LONDONLULU said...

What an animal and capture! I love those teeny eyes way up in front. It's somewhat mystifying to me to see toys that survive versus toys that don't - it seems the wonderful selections always fall by the wayside.

Lee Spangler said...

It depresses me that such unique animals are discontinued. What greater way for people to gain an appreciation of the diversity in nature.

longbeachpeninsuladailyphoto said...

It's wonderful and weird! I'm sad to hear the toy version was discontinued. I'm glad you still have the stuffed maggot though. :-)

Lowell said...

Holy c...! I've fished Florida waters for years and have never seen anything like this. What an amazing creature! Scary, sort of!

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! When I first saw the first photo, I thought it was a kite or something like that. It's an amazing creature, that's for sure!

Cezar and Léia said...

ohmyCAT! Scared! :)
Impressive critter!
Léia

JM said...

This fish is amazing! Would love to see a real one.

llandudnopictures said...

The secrets of the deep!

Small City Scenes said...

How very weird. And amazing. Just strange.

So how you doing, Sheryl? Fine I hope. MB

Lowell said...

Just checking in to say I hope you're doing well, and haven't bitten off more than you can chew! :) The gulper eel made me think of biting and chewing.