A stranded Pan-tropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata) with a Cookiecutter Shark (Isistius brasiliensis) bite.
This was a dolphin that stranded in a nearby village a couple of weeks ago. The local government stranding response was really good and in a couple of hours the dead dolphin caught a ride up a steep hill from the beach to the main road from a bunch of strong and ingenious men who fashioned a “stretcher” out of wood and rope lying around.
Popped on the truck, it made it’s way home. To my home, which is fast becoming the dolphin grave yard. Though my living here, and it’s use as a dolphin burial ground are unrelated, it makes for easy work! We performed a necropsy on this super skinny male and found it’s stomach completely devoid of contents. No sign of plastic or fishing hooks though - so it probably had a disease that stopped it from eating.
What did not kill it is the seemingly traumatic bite from it’s side. The massive hole went all the way down to the muscle layer and is the calling card of one of the weird monsters of the deep - the Cookiecutter shark!
Also known as the cigar shark, this charmer grabs large cylindrical chunks of flesh out of large marine animals. How you might ask?
It sucks onto the body surface of the prey and retracts its tongue to create negative pressure with suction lips to ensure a tight seal. Then, the bite, anchored by narrow upper teeth and sliced by the menacing lower teeth. And to top it off, some acrobatics, as the shark twists and rotates the body to make a circular cut, and we’re done.
The bites don’t kill the “prey” which can include cetaceans, sharks, sting rays, dugongs, bony fish and the occasional human….!
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Raise your hand if your country has been personally victimized by Regina George.
That is so fetch.
On Fridays we wear gold.
I hear her legs are insured for $10,000.
I can’t win silver, I’m on an all-carb diet. GOD Russia you’re so stupid!
If you’re from Africa, why is your name white?
Oh my god, r4inbro, you can’t just ask someone why their name is white.
Stop trying to make Russia happen. It’s not going to happen!
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She’s so pathetic. Let me tell you something about Graciela Martins. We were best friends in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I know, right? It’s so embarrassing. I don’t even… Whatever. So then at the World Championships, I started running my personal best which was totally awesome but then I moved to Niger, and Graciela was, like, weirdly jealous of it. Like, if I would blow her off to go running at the track, she’d be like, “Why didn’t you call me back?” And I’d be like, “Why are you so obsessed with me?” So then, for the Olympic qualifiers, which was an all-girls track meet, I was like, “Graciela, I can’t invite you, because I think you’re a Guinean.” I mean I couldn’t have a Guinean at my track meet. There were gonna be girls there from around the world. I mean, right? She was a GUINEAN. So then her mom called my mom and started yelling at her, it was so retarded. And then she dropped out of track because no one would talk to her, and she came back in the summer for the Olympics, all of her hair was cut off and she was totally weird, and now I guess she’s in 7th place.
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Aedas designed the 430,000-square-meter station, which looks far more like an intergalactic depot and shuttle hub than terrestrial travel headquarters.