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(MSNBC)   Penguins get shark roommates at California aquarium. Sharks get dinner guests   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 23
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2012-08-02 05:06:56 AM  
Don't these scientists know that penguins and sharks are natural enemies?

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2012-08-02 05:23:16 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Don't these scientists know that penguins and sharks are natural enemies?

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The penguins are safe, as the sharks will choke and die off.
 
Skr
2012-08-02 05:24:23 AM  
"pyjama sharks" heh that is a pretty cute name. They are cute too in their own like "need a smaller boat" way.



/better than pyjama banana's I guess as well.
 
2012-08-02 05:30:00 AM  
"During yesterday's event, the sharks were let into the tank two at a time, which piqued the interest of the penguins,"

I'll bet it did.
 
2012-08-02 05:37:39 AM  
FTA: "since the two species rub shoulders in the wild, they should pose no threat to each other."

Oh, really? Don't lions and zebras "rub shoulders in the wild"? Or alligators and air-boat tour operators? Or wild dingoes and babies?

I guess the wild kingdom is just one big happy mashup of smiling baby unicorns, best friends forever, and chirping happy bluebirds.
Next news article: "Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time..."
 
2012-08-02 05:43:55 AM  
Lion, zebras.. They all get along fine so long as there are fish in the sea. I saw it in a show about Madagascar. Can't remember what it was called.
 
2012-08-02 05:47:54 AM  
Meh. If anything goes on it will be the penguins eating the sharks eggs.
 
2012-08-02 06:27:08 AM  

Hide your chickens: FTA: "since the two species rub shoulders in the wild, they should pose no threat to each other."

Oh, really? Don't lions and zebras "rub shoulders in the wild"? Or alligators and air-boat tour operators? Or wild dingoes and babies?

I guess the wild kingdom is just one big happy mashup of smiling baby unicorns, best friends forever, and chirping happy bluebirds.
Next news article: "Well, it sounded like a good idea at the time..."


Hilarious.
 
2012-08-02 07:01:45 AM  
Candygram.
 
2012-08-02 07:40:01 AM  

Hide your chickens: FTA: "since the two species rub shoulders in the wild, they should pose no threat to each other."

Oh, really? Don't lions and zebras "rub shoulders in the wild"? Or alligators and air-boat tour operators? Or wild dingoes and babies?


Came here to say this, except I was planning to say "penguins and leopard seals."

That describes any predator/prey relationship. Seriously, does the author think that predators live somewhere else and fly in for the day or something?
 
2012-08-02 07:40:42 AM  
As a person who refers to my member as the "Great White In My Pyjamas" I'm getting a kick out of this thread.
 
2012-08-02 07:51:21 AM  
So that biologists can monitor the sharks' feeding, they are using tactics to attract the typically nighttime bottom feeders to the surface for meal times.

I guess it's easier to monitor if you change their feeding habits to suit the people doing the monitoring.
 
2012-08-02 07:52:18 AM  
Headline one word too long
 
2012-08-02 07:59:53 AM  
Maybe they can defend themselves.

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2012-08-02 08:03:22 AM  
As long as these aren't the neighbors
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2012-08-02 08:07:23 AM  
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"Here at the California Academy of Sciences, we dress for dinner."
 
2012-08-02 08:10:02 AM  

Harry Freakstorm: So that biologists can monitor the sharks' feeding, they are using tactics to attract the typically nighttime bottom feeders to the surface for meal times.

I guess it's easier to monitor if you change their feeding habits to suit the people doing the monitoring.


The biologists are not trying to observe how they naturally eat; they're trying to make sure they actually do eat. It's not the same thing. If the sharks are fed somewhere that can be observed, it becomes much easier to see if one of them is not eating right, or has stopped eating, or is bullying the others and taking all the food. If some researcher wants to set up remote cameras in an underwater cave in the wild to see how one of these sharks dines, there's no guarantee that any given shark would conveniently feed in front of the camera (let alone which shark it is). That's fine for research ("what do these sharks eat?), not so much for zookeeping. ("did shark 2 eat anything today?") So, yeah, it is not just easier but possible to monitor their feeding, which it wouldn't be if they fed in secret as they, like many creatures with larger competitors or enemies, prefer.
 
2012-08-02 08:14:16 AM  
Sharks get new CHUMS, subby.

Or any variaton on chum, chummy, etc.
 
2012-08-02 09:03:49 AM  
FTA: The 2-year-old pyjama sharks, which the biologists say are docile and mild-mannered, are so named because their skin was used to make pyjamas in the 18th century.
 
2012-08-02 09:19:47 AM  
I think the New England Aquarium in Boston used to do the same thing. It has probably been at least 25 years since I've been there. there was a moat surrounding the central tower tank, that had sharks and I think penguins swimming around in it. On my last trip there, I was somewhere around the 2nd level of the concourse that spiraled around the central tank and just happened to glance back towards it. At that moment, from some level above mine, I saw the falling figure pass through the field of vision I gazed through, followed by a resounding splash.

The kid, probably 11-12 years old, had somehow (stupid kid antic, no doubt) lost his balance and fell into the moat, which was maybe 3 feet deep. Nearly every person in the building rushed to the railing to watch the tableau unfold. He walked across the top of the water (slight exaggeration, but only slight) to a foundation lip of the central tank where he was either out of the water, or just barely in it. I'm sure he was terrified and mortified (I sure would have been), for there were sharks in the water between him and dry land. Some lucky aquarium employee got the job of getting into the water and casually strolled over to the kid and indicated that the sharks were not the least bit interested in him as a hors d'oeuvre. To his credit, the kid got down and walked over to the ramp with the employee, and applause broke out after they both exited the tank.

From the casual demeanor of the employee, I got the feeling that this might not have been an isolated incident. It had the "jeez, not this shiat again" feel all to it.
 
2012-08-02 09:43:44 AM  

towatchoverme: Sharks get new CHUMS, subby.

Or any variaton on chum, chummy, etc.


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Chumlee?
 
2012-08-02 11:12:48 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Don't these scientists know that penguins and sharks are natural enemies?

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What about sharks and bats?
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I guess Penguins and Sharks can work together, sometimes.
 
2012-08-02 12:25:49 PM  
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48453485/ns/technology_and_science-scienc e /

Just wanted to say, I love the URL.

/SCIENCE!
 
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