Pycnogonids Amazing Sea Spiders

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I had been fascinated by these for a while, and wondered if anyone else thought these were cool.

Bizarrely Interesting Oceanic Vampires --Weird spider-like creatures that live at the bottom of the ocean and use a 'straw' to suck on their prey are baffling scientists. These sea spiders, some of which are blind, are defying scientific classification... For over 100 years, scientists have been puzzling over how exactly to classify sea spiders or pycnogonids. They crawl along the bottom of the sea floor, sometimes more than 6000 to 7000 meters down, where they live in the dark, feeding on slow-moving soft-bodied sponges and sea slugs. About 600 species are known. They are mostly small forms not over 10mm long, although some of the deep-sea forms may reach several feet in length.

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syndicate

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wow those things are crazy looking.very cool.thanks for link
 

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if by several feet you mean 2 and -maybe- 3 :)

i did a report on these last year

they are really, really, really cool
 

beetleman

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yeah, they are very interesting! those pics are great,very cool animals:clap:
 

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Now those are the things of nightmares {D .....but seriously...they are extremely cool. I am not sure if they have managed to keep any in captivity or not as of yet tho :?
 
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