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Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 1 by Alan4discussion

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Fish have been evolving in Earth's oceans for 500 million years. Some, like this leafy sea dragon, have used their time well, adapting some of the most ornate and effective camouflage of any creature on the planet. These striking sea horse relatives are found only in the drifting seaweed and undersea forests of Australia.

Yes! A brilliant example of natural selection matching creatures to their environments.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:43:28 UTC | #948844

ccw95005's Avatar Comment 2 by ccw95005

The aquarium in Monterey, California has had an exhibit of leafy seadragons and other seahorse variations for a couple of years and they are truly the most mind-blowing designs you'll ever see. We've had the opportunity of watching them grow in size and become even more spectacular.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:33:30 UTC | #948851

Nordic11's Avatar Comment 3 by Nordic11

FYI: Many creationists believe in evolution as science describes it.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:39:03 UTC | #948852

ZenDruid's Avatar Comment 4 by ZenDruid

So that's where Dr Seuss got his artistic inspiration! Amazing, incredible and beautiful... the red and white stripes on the body, which I think damage the camouflage effect, are warning signals to would-be predators, iirc.

Tue, 10 Jul 2012 17:43:06 UTC | #948857

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 5 by QuestioningKat

He's magnificent! Remember the first time you ever saw a walking stick or what about one of those insects that resembles a leaf? Many creationist argue that a species could not have evolved to look just like twig or leaf. It must have been intentionally designed. Admittedly, even though I have always accepted evolution, these interesting insects had me scratching my head and kept me being a deist. It makes more sense to me now when I consider the spam of time that evolution takes place.

see insects that look like leaves

Scroll down to check out the leaf tailed gecko!

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:14:47 UTC | #948897

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 6 by Alan4discussion

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:54:52 UTC | #948902

Sample's Avatar Comment 7 by Sample

Great idea for a discussion, enthusiasm well received today. Thanks.

Mike

Wed, 11 Jul 2012 19:03:13 UTC | #948915

PY's Avatar Comment 8 by PY

QuestioningKat:

The leaf-tailed gecko, thank you for that Kat! Uber-wow! I really do shake my head when I see these things.

I am shedding the mind-control of my Paster dad for forcing me (literally) to go to church 17 years every Sunday, no excuses (paradise was waiting and had to be worked for, you lazy sloth). Truth was; it was torture. I wanted to be looking for ants.

I showed that gecko photo to one of my sons (he has never been to a church service in his life, seems to be doing fine.. ha!) and we just, well, ... stared at it for awhile. Alien-like, fantastic animal. Wow.

17 years of church: Painfull. Leaf-tailed gecko: Priceless!

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:11:10 UTC | #948961

bluebird's Avatar Comment 9 by bluebird

I adore seahorses, one of my gravatars is of a small seahorse wrapping its tail around a plant. The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has a nice seahorse exhibit. Thankfully there are groups whose sole purpose is to protect and save seahorses and their habitat.

Thanks for sharing post and pic.

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:55:17 UTC | #948970

xmaseveeve's Avatar Comment 10 by xmaseveeve

PY, OP,

I love it! It comes with its own garnish!

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 18:56:30 UTC | #948988

Roedy's Avatar Comment 11 by Roedy

I saw a documentary showing these fish courting. They do a delicate mirror dance. I held my breath. It so courtly, considerate, civilised... It is one of the greatest marvels of life on earth.

Sat, 14 Jul 2012 00:02:16 UTC | #949145

bluebird's Avatar Comment 12 by bluebird

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Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:28:36 UTC | #949997

VictorCai's Avatar Comment 13 by VictorCai

Thats one weird looking fish

Sat, 28 Jul 2012 12:04:54 UTC | #950216