Sunday, September 02, 2007

My Sweet Sun Bear

It makes me happy.


I first saw this image on a comment from Lela on Sanam's MySpace profile, then saw it again moments afterward when Dina sent me a link to a page on the World's Weirdest Animals that also included this very image of a sun bear. I suppose it makes sense, seeing as how sun bears aren't the most-photographed animal in the world. Plus there's the fact that if you wanted to use an image of a sun bear, the above one if, like, the best one ever.

Regarding the list of strange animals Dina forwarded to me, she did so with the note that a few of them haven't even showed up on my blog yet. That's true. Specifically, the following purportedly weird animals have already been fawned over here: the red panda, the sloth, the axolotl, the alpaca, the narwhal, the blobfish, the platypus, and, now, the sun bear. That means the World's Weirdest Animals page offers a few new ones worth mentioning.

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The flapjack octopus, a.k.a. the far-less cute-sounding Opisthoteuthis.


The Leafy Seadragon, a.k.a. the Australian seahorse.


The Yeti crab, a.k.a. kiwa hirsuta.


And the Aye-Aye, a.k.a. Omigod-Keep-That-Thing-Away-From-Me.


The most noteworthy of this new batch of freaks, at least according to my opinion? It's the guy who graces this t-shirt from McSweeney's.

8 comments:

  1. Background info: during a (potentially stoned?) conversation at the Pasado house, Aemon came to the sudden realization that I closely resembled, both in person and character, a young sunbear. I was understandably offended, as sunbears tend to be googly and weird-looking, and this was a source of contention between us all for some time. Hence Lela's comment.

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  2. Does OPL stand for Old Persian Lady?

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  3. I love the Dumbo Octopus He is just so cute! I've also written an article about this creature Dumbo Octopus

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  4. Nice. May the whole world one day know the wonder that is the Dumbo octopus.

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  5. I don't think that picture is Grimpoteuthis, I think it's Opisthoteuthis, the flapjack octopus or flapjack devilfish.
    http://marinebio.org/species.asp?id=1772

    Opisthoteuthis have very flattened bodies. Grimpoteuthis are not so flattened and have bigger fins.

    This is Grimpoteuthis:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDxBVZhZZwI

    Also check out Stauroteuthis:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sl-UsqUipo

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    1. Dude, these are insane. Thanks for the correction. The text has been adjusted accordingly. You are a man of many talents, Mr. Goofy.

      Or two, at least -- linguistics and octopuses. But that's enough for me.

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  6. I found an awesome video of Opisthoteuthis: http://www.youtube.com/embed/f9ylM525xzs

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    1. Awesome and terrifying, like all octopus videos.

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