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2020-11-28 3:08:40 PM  
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RIP
 
2020-11-28 3:21:18 PM  
"Difficulty navigating the habitat"?

Oops

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2020-11-28 3:33:06 PM  
Speed is a better name than "Fifteen", as in minutes.

"Oh Speed, you almost lasted 20 minutes that time!!!"
 
2020-11-28 3:46:17 PM  
Speed Racer Remix Alpha Team (Dirty version)
Youtube 3_5IJRXoKQE
 
2020-11-28 4:24:21 PM  

farkingbubbler: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/3_5IJRXo​KQE]


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2020-11-28 7:07:37 PM  

HighlanderRPI: "Difficulty navigating the habitat"?

Oops

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Should have turned left at Albuquerque.
 
2020-11-28 7:08:53 PM  
That entire show is so much more believable once you realize Trixie made up the whole thing in her head while binging on diet pills.
 
2020-11-28 7:09:39 PM  
Speed Racer inconsolable.
 
2020-11-28 7:10:47 PM  
FTA: Threats to whale sharks include entanglement in fishing nets, boat strikes, ingestion of marine debris and micro plastics, and in some cases human interference

Yeah, all those naturally cocurring nets and microplastics are just the status quo of the seven seas.
 
2020-11-28 7:11:34 PM  
stop imprisoning these animals. they can't take it. causes brain damage. they committed no crime. we are a savage race.
 
2020-11-28 7:12:23 PM  

kdawg7736: Speed Racer inconsolable.


Only because he wasn't able to kill her first...

Proof Speed Racer is a Sociopath
Youtube WC0YAJR6xQQ
 
2020-11-28 7:12:24 PM  
Damn right it was wonderful!

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2020-11-28 7:18:24 PM  
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R.I.P. Trixie
 
2020-11-28 7:18:45 PM  

fragMasterFlash: That entire show is so much more believable once you realize Trixie made up the whole thing in her head while binging on diet pills.


Was she staring at a snow globe with a model of the Mach 5 inside at the time?
 
2020-11-28 7:20:55 PM  
So uh... We doing like a Change.org petition to get them to dynamite the corpse a la oregon whale 1970 or....?
 
2020-11-28 7:22:03 PM  

fragMasterFlash: That entire show is so much more believable once you realize Trixie made up the whole thing in her head while binging on diet pills.


That would explain a lot..........beastility (Chim-Chim), midget porn (Spridle), Daddy issues (Pops), bondage headgear  (Racer X), transgender  (Speed Racer is too pretty to be a guy. Seriously.)
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I think I need professional help.
 
2020-11-28 7:24:29 PM  
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R.I.P. Trixie.
 
2020-11-28 7:26:55 PM  
FTFA: "The fish range in length between 18 and 32.8 feet, but can grow to more than 60 feet long."

FTFY

Seriously, WTF? This makes even less sense than "Save up to 50% or more."
 
2020-11-28 7:27:39 PM  
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Note: only a simulation
 
2020-11-28 7:29:49 PM  

gopher321: Damn right it was wonderful!

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A few grams daily? Hubby's gonna come home to a very clean house and a disassembled radio set.
 
2020-11-28 7:35:18 PM  
How would they expect a filter feeder to survive in an aquarium?
 
2020-11-28 7:37:53 PM  

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R.I.P. Trixie


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2020-11-28 7:41:06 PM  
I always thought it was Racer X's coma.  He became the son Pops deserved.
Then Pops had the plug pulled on him.
 
2020-11-28 7:42:41 PM  
No snark, seeing her in the aquarium was one of the most awesome experiences.

I'd been a fan of whale sharks since childhood.  Always wanted to see one, never thought I would.  Visiting Atlanta from Alaska, and my nieces want to take me to the aquarium.

The tank was huge, nearly worth the trip just to see that movie screen-sized window.  I couldn't see the other side of the tank, that's how far across it was.  Just shadows and haze.  Maybe hints of movement?  Yes, I think, one of the shadows itself was moving, yup, getting bigger.  Coming into focus.  Holy sh*t, how can anything that big exist?  How can anything that big be graceful?  How can anything that big be placid?

Keep in mind that I've seen whales in real life, humpbacks and orca.  But seeing her in that tank was still a whole other level.
 
2020-11-28 7:46:30 PM  

Nurglitch: How would they expect a filter feeder to survive in an aquarium?


By feeding it plenty of filters.
 
2020-11-28 7:51:53 PM  
A beluga whale died there a few years ago.


Perhaps nature is trying to tell us something.
 
2020-11-28 7:56:17 PM  

skyotter: No snark, seeing her in the aquarium was one of the most awesome experiences.

I'd been a fan of whale sharks since childhood.  Always wanted to see one, never thought I would.  Visiting Atlanta from Alaska, and my nieces want to take me to the aquarium.

The tank was huge, nearly worth the trip just to see that movie screen-sized window.  I couldn't see the other side of the tank, that's how far across it was.  Just shadows and haze.  Maybe hints of movement?  Yes, I think, one of the shadows itself was moving, yup, getting bigger.  Coming into focus.  Holy sh*t, how can anything that big exist?  How can anything that big be graceful?  How can anything that big be placid?

Keep in mind that I've seen whales in real life, humpbacks and orca.  But seeing her in that tank was still a whole other level.


You were fortunate to see her. I've heard about her from my SIL that lives in Georgia and seen her.
 
2020-11-28 8:04:25 PM  

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I always preferred the DJ Keoki remix.

Superstar Dj Keoki - Go Speed Go
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2020-11-28 8:16:47 PM  

carnifex2005: kdawg7736: Speed Racer inconsolable.

Only because he wasn't able to kill her first...

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That's why we need universal single payer healthcare.
 
2020-11-28 8:34:20 PM  
Speed Racer Live action movie, both Mom Racer and Trixie in sleep wear?  Yes Please!!4

Speed Racer (2008) - More Like A Non-ja Scene (5/7) | Movieclips
Youtube YiCzTGRqCQ4
 
2020-11-28 8:42:01 PM  
They have a native name in some cultures for this animal that translates to "a back full of stars", and that
s indeed what it's like to see one.

But that name gave someone at NASA an idea.  There are people taking photos of these animals all the time while on diving trips or boat trips, and their cameras often save EXIF data including sometimes GPS location data and time of photo data.  But how to collate these shots and identify the individual animals?

There's a bit of software in the Hubble telescope that is used to establish what part of the sky you're looking at when the thing is pointing to all those billions and billions of stars. It's an algorithm,  that figures out the exact pattern and gets it oriented so it can be added to maps.   Turns out every whale shark's pattern of spots is as individual as a fingerprint, and the algorithm can rapidly ID the shark from even just a section of a photo that matches an other one.    When you put the individual shots  into a database and correlate their EXIF data, BAM, you have a map of each individual's migration patterns, something that could only be done before with radio tracking beacons.

And now there's a website where citizen scientists can submit their vacation snaps of the an ainmals to expand the database and learn much more about them, non-invasively.

And this also works with the spot patterns on a polar bear's nose, the stripes on a  zebra, spots on jaguars, leopards, etc...  this expands what we can learn about these animals and their movements... and nobody has to risk getting close to dart and tag a polar bear now. Just take a telephoto snapshot.
 
2020-11-28 8:45:51 PM  

Nurglitch: How would they expect a filter feeder to survive in an aquarium?


By building one of the largest tanks in the world.
Trixie's been there since 2006.
 
2020-11-28 8:48:36 PM  

scotchcrotch: A beluga whale died there a few years ago.


Perhaps nature is trying to tell us something.


Bissel is a bane to her...no...She's hates a Hoover...no, Dames don't Dyson.
Or maybe margarine is not deceit. CRAP. Something something scrubbing bubbles.

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2020-11-28 8:49:35 PM  

skyotter: No snark, seeing her in the aquarium was one of the most awesome experiences.

I'd been a fan of whale sharks since childhood.  Always wanted to see one, never thought I would.  Visiting Atlanta from Alaska, and my nieces want to take me to the aquarium.

The tank was huge, nearly worth the trip just to see that movie screen-sized window.  I couldn't see the other side of the tank, that's how far across it was.  Just shadows and haze.  Maybe hints of movement?  Yes, I think, one of the shadows itself was moving, yup, getting bigger.  Coming into focus.  Holy sh*t, how can anything that big exist?  How can anything that big be graceful?  How can anything that big be placid?

Keep in mind that I've seen whales in real life, humpbacks and orca.  But seeing her in that tank was still a whole other level.


Agree 100%. Seeing the whale sharks at that aquarium was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had as a biology teacher. It's one of the few things I've seen that I would describe as breathtaking.
 
2020-11-28 9:00:42 PM  

Any Pie Left: They have a native name in some cultures for this animal that translates to "a back full of stars", and that
s indeed what it's like to see one.

But that name gave someone at NASA an idea.  There are people taking photos of these animals all the time while on diving trips or boat trips, and their cameras often save EXIF data including sometimes GPS location data and time of photo data.  But how to collate these shots and identify the individual animals?

There's a bit of software in the Hubble telescope that is used to establish what part of the sky you're looking at when the thing is pointing to all those billions and billions of stars. It's an algorithm,  that figures out the exact pattern and gets it oriented so it can be added to maps.   Turns out every whale shark's pattern of spots is as individual as a fingerprint, and the algorithm can rapidly ID the shark from even just a section of a photo that matches an other one.    When you put the individual shots  into a database and correlate their EXIF data, BAM, you have a map of each individual's migration patterns, something that could only be done before with radio tracking beacons.

And now there's a website where citizen scientists can submit their vacation snaps of the an ainmals to expand the database and learn much more about them, non-invasively.

And this also works with the spot patterns on a polar bear's nose, the stripes on a  zebra, spots on jaguars, leopards, etc...  this expands what we can learn about these animals and their movements... and nobody has to risk getting close to dart and tag a polar bear now. Just take a telephoto snapshot.


How interesting! Thanks for sharing.
 
2020-11-28 9:02:54 PM  
That's sad news. Whale sharks are glorious creatures.
 
2020-11-28 9:37:39 PM  
The fish range in length between 18 and 32.8 feet, but can grow to more than 60 feet long.


Uh, pretty sure that means they range in length from 18 to at least 60 feet then, expert reporter.

(gotta love how their first range includes the very precise 32.8 feet max, then nearly double that)
 
2020-11-28 9:50:25 PM  
Anybody got a really big dip net?
 
2020-11-28 9:50:27 PM  

WelldeadLink: Nurglitch: How would they expect a filter feeder to survive in an aquarium?

By feeding it plenty of filters.


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2020-11-28 9:53:45 PM  

Christian Bale: gotta love how their first range includes the very precise 32.8 feet max, then nearly double that


32.8 feet is 10 meters.
 
2020-11-28 10:03:31 PM  
Shut up, Tricia, and get me a beer!
 
2020-11-28 10:04:00 PM  
Trixie.  F*ck you, autocorrect.
 
2020-11-28 10:24:50 PM  

NKURyan: skyotter: No snark, seeing her in the aquarium was one of the most awesome experiences.

I'd been a fan of whale sharks since childhood.  Always wanted to see one, never thought I would.  Visiting Atlanta from Alaska, and my nieces want to take me to the aquarium.

The tank was huge, nearly worth the trip just to see that movie screen-sized window.  I couldn't see the other side of the tank, that's how far across it was.  Just shadows and haze.  Maybe hints of movement?  Yes, I think, one of the shadows itself was moving, yup, getting bigger.  Coming into focus.  Holy sh*t, how can anything that big exist?  How can anything that big be graceful?  How can anything that big be placid?

Keep in mind that I've seen whales in real life, humpbacks and orca.  But seeing her in that tank was still a whole other level.

Agree 100%. Seeing the whale sharks at that aquarium was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had as a biology teacher. It's one of the few things I've seen that I would describe as breathtaking.


Indeed. Those things are absolutely magnificent.
 
2020-11-28 10:39:21 PM  

Christian Bale: The fish range in length between 18 and 32.8 feet, but can grow to more than 60 feet long.


My peener ranges in length between 1.8 and 3.28 inches, but can grow to more than 6 inches long.
 
2020-11-28 11:11:55 PM  

Nurglitch: How would they expect a filter feeder to survive in an aquarium?


She's been there since 2007, so I guess they found a way.
 
2020-11-29 12:05:13 AM  
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RIP Lake Speed
 
2020-11-29 1:30:03 AM  

Nurglitch: How would they expect a filter feeder to survive in an aquarium?


I got to scuba dive with her a few years ago - they offer both Manta Ray and Whale Shark Advanced Open Water SCUBA specializations (I got both on two separate trips; love the manta rays).  There's a second half to the tank that's rectangular like a big swimming pool with ropes separating lanes.  When it's feeding time, the assistants sit in a little boat that has buckets of krill, pull themselves along the ropes, and they just regularly scoop out krill in front of the whale shark as it swims straight ahead.  The whale shark has its yard-wide mouth open as it swims along - reminded me of a baby in a highchair getting fed.  It was adorable.
 
2020-11-29 3:46:56 AM  

syrynxx: Nurglitch: How would they expect a filter feeder to survive in an aquarium?

I got to scuba dive with her a few years ago - they offer both Manta Ray and Whale Shark Advanced Open Water SCUBA specializations (I got both on two separate trips; love the manta rays).  There's a second half to the tank that's rectangular like a big swimming pool with ropes separating lanes.  When it's feeding time, the assistants sit in a little boat that has buckets of krill, pull themselves along the ropes, and they just regularly scoop out krill in front of the whale shark as it swims straight ahead.  The whale shark has its yard-wide mouth open as it swims along - reminded me of a baby in a highchair getting fed.  It was adorable.


Suddenly, I'm picturing a much more exciting version of curling..
 
2020-11-29 8:57:58 AM  
Great, now how am I going to flush THAT down the toilet?
 
2020-11-29 10:40:22 AM  
"She contributed enormously to our understanding of whale sharks and their care..."

Now we know that whale sharks in captivity get disoriented before they die.
 
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