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Bizarre Deep Sea Fish Dredged Up By Tsunami

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the look-what-the-cat-dragged-in dept.

Science 339

spankfish writes "The following page features numerous great pictures of bizarre and creepy deep-sea creatures which have been dredged up by the recent tsunami and presented by normal divers. Fascinating stuff! The page is in Russian, but it's all about the pictures." Update: 01/15 18:02 GMT by J : As those of you who read the comments have already realized, this is an urban legend.

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Oops... (5, Informative)

Guido del Confuso (80037) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371959)

They may be weird fish, but they sure didn't wash up on shore from the tsunami! This story just isn't true.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/tsunami/creature.asp [snopes.com]

Re:Oops... (3, Insightful)

TelcusFreshbreeze (601347) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371968)

Good call
Snopes should be the first port of call for anything like this

Re:Oops... (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372047)

"Snopes should be the first port of call for anything like this"

How true. I remember just two days ago at work having a bunch of people parroting the lies in SuperSize Me [techcentralstation.com] , and they happened to bring up as an aside the infamous "100% Pure Beef Company" [www.aniz.ca] rumour. A little urban legend reading would be a handy thing these days.

Re:Oops... (0)

ericdano (113424) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371969)

Mod it WAY up. Good call Guido!

Re:Oops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371971)

Case closed.

Re:Oops... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371972)

This is old. The story was already posted on Fark [fark.com] .

Re:Oops... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372009)

You're going to mod down someone who calls the story redundant.

* Checks URL in address bar.

Yep, this is /. alright.

Re:Oops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371974)

Slashdot == sensationalist yellow journalism

Re:Oops... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371994)

return true

Re:Oops... (5, Informative)

Bon bons (734068) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371975)

Here [oceans.gov.au] are where the pictures originally came from. As the above poster said the story is not true, but the sealife is real.

Re:Oops... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372004)

The sealife is real, but a Tsunami couldn't have brought them up. When in the open sea, a Tsunami has an extremely small amplutide but a large period (e.g. a short wave that's very long). You always hear the example of a fisherman on the top of a Tsunami wouldn't even notice. The point is that the wave wouldn't have much effect (if any) on deep water currents, so it wouldn't have bothered these deep sea fish.

Re:Oops... (1)

gordgekko (574109) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372202)

Depends on how close to shore you are though.

Re:Oops... (1)

Cyberax (705495) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372151)

Some of these pictures were taken from news sites (as the last message in this fourum says). See this [newsru.com] for example.

So this story may be _partialy_ true.

Re:Oops... (1)

tewmten (608383) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372191)

Oh I've seen those around here, I think they're called sushi! ;)

Re:Oops... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371983)

Slashdot editors.. OWNED!

Re:Oops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371985)

some of the pics are old stuff indeed

Re:Oops... (1)

Emc1683 (848429) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371988)

Yup, most of those pics have been around for quite some time... and in tons of forums....

Re:Oops... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371992)

Here [oceans.gov.au] is where the pictures are really from.

Re:Oops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371995)

Yeah. I don't see what the big deal is. There's lots of weird fish and stuff in the ocean. Who cares?!

Re:Oops... (1)

GtKincaid (820642) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372020)

Maybe the fish wernt trudged up by the tsunami , but the story certainly trudged up a few trolls. Editors arnt gods and do make mistakes and for this reasons we have comments, so other members of the community can give a helping hand . Point out mistakes dont take the piss out people who make honest errors

Re:Oops... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372033)

Bull!

Editors are supposed to double check stories and at the very least look for reputable cross-references before blindly accepting a story and calling it news. This isn't an honest error, it is sheer incompetence.

This is yellow journalism, plain and simple. Even your high school newspaper has higher standards than this.

Here is the proof (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372037)

http://edition.cnn.com/interactive/space/0306/gall ery.unusual.fish/frameset.exclude.html

Yup, note the IDENTICAL PICTURES! Looks like these were dug up by researches some time ago. Sorry russia, you can't sell your lies here.

Thanks, Captain Bringdown (4, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372065)

you had to go spoil all our fun!

Re:Oops... (0)

scapermoya (769847) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372091)

You insensitive clod!
The story says nothing about being 'washed' up, it says 'dredged', which means the waves pulled the creatures up from depths that they normally live at to depths where human divers can access.

Re:Oops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372120)

read the fucking link you dense moron

these sea creatures were not dreged up from the tsunami, they're from SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT THAT HAPPEND SOME TIME BEFORE

Re:Oops... (1)

lavaface (685630) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372092)

It didn't seem likely that they were brought to the surface by a tsunami. However, the pics reminded me how awesome the BBC serries "The Blue Planet" is. For those who haven't seen it, be sure to check it out at your favorite video store or torrent site.

Re:Oops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372135)

How great, they find some really amazing fish, then kill them. Did their deep-sea camera break?

A Message to the Hoax: (5, Funny)

inKubus (199753) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372184)

So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish.

Re:Oops... (2, Informative)

levin (170168) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372217)

Another page [practicalf...ping.co.uk] that outlines the hoax, figured I'd post it for the hell of it.

Finding Nemo (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371964)

One of those fish looks like the one in Finding Nemo. The one with the glowing light.

Re:Finding Nemo (3, Informative)

isometrick (817436) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371978)

The fish in Finding Nemo is an Angler fish [ramseydoran.com] .

Re:Finding Nemo (1)

JPriest (547211) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372015)

No, Nemo was a clown fish [divetrip.com]

Re:Finding Nemo (1)

Skybyte (685829) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372031)

He was talking about the fish at the bottom of the trench that the submarine falls in, not Nemo.

Re:Finding Nemo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372041)

Read the fscking GP. Gosh!

Re:Finding Nemo (1)

coldmist (154493) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372043)

No, it's a clown fish: here [kidzworld.com]

Re:Finding Nemo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372069)

Read the fsckin GP! Gosh!

I recognize some of them... (3, Funny)

gatorflux (759239) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371965)

The first one had a co-starring role in The Faculty.

slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371967)

already!

Re:slashdotted (4, Funny)

catwh0re (540371) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372177)

it's what you get for posting fake pics, then again it's in russian for all we know they're talking about dinner.

Coralized Link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371976)

Those are some freaky looking fish. Here [nyud.net] is a Coralized link, it's much faster.

Well... (5, Funny)

sandstorming (850026) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371977)

One day we WILL defeat the Goa'uld

I ate one of those! (1)

aonifer (64619) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371980)

It tasted like fish!

(Actually, I didn't see the picture because it's Slashdotted already, and Snopes says it's not real, anyway, but it tastes like fish.)

Re:I ate one of those! (1)

glassjaw rocks (793596) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372109)

Well, if you read the fscking snopes article you'd see all or most of the pictures there.

./-ed already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371981)

Wow... less than five minutes after being posted and with only 3 replies made, already the site has been slashdotted.

Those must have been some pretty pictures. Guess I'll see them next month....

Crab... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371982)

Sweet! That one crab-like thing [oceans.gov.au] is awesome.

I hereby name it the Crabtacular spikeouchamus, or "Spiky Ubercrab"!

I never had a favorite animal before, but now I do. It's red, hard, and just plain intimidating. Almost like a Sauron of the seas. Sweeeeeeet!

Re:Crab... (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372001)

Sweet! That one crab-like thing [oceans.gov.au] is awesome.

I bet it's pretty good eatin' too. Sweet indeed.

Re:Crab... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372007)

If you can eat it without killing yourself that is...

Re:Crab... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372216)

No worries. I always have the wife crack my crabs. Man, that just sounds wrong...

Re:Crab... (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372008)

It's red, hard, and just plain intimidating.

My girlfriend says the same thing about my manhood.

Re:Crab... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372117)

Good joke, but we all know you don't have a girlfriend.

Re:Crab... (-1, Offtopic)

Lord Prox (521892) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372124)

See a doctor... Really.

Re:Crab... (1)

wattersa (629338) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372036)

It looks like the super head crabs from Half Life 2!

huh? (1)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372080)

That's not a "crab like thing." That's a crab. And aside from being really red, it isn't that unusual, I don't think. But damn it would be tasty.

Some of the other fish are bizarre looking though. Anybody can point to other pics of weird deep sea fish? A long time ago there was a different slashdot story about deep sea fish with some great photos but I could never find it again.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372104)

That's not a "crab like thing." That's a crab. And aside from blah blah blah...

Mmm. Feeling crabby tonight, are we?

Re:Crab... (2, Informative)

froggero1 (848930) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372185)

it is not called a Crabtacular spikeouchamus, or "Spiky Ubercrab", it's actual name is a Stone Crab ( Neolithodes sp.) [oceans.gov.au]

Re:Crab... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372210)

I thought you might find this [reference.com] helpful...

Re:Crab... (1)

froggero1 (848930) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372219)

I tried funny, then I got bad karma... now I go for insightful... [reference.com]

Hmmm (1)

digitalchinky (650880) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371984)

One looks like it is mounted in perspex, or some kind of transparent resin, have to agree with previous posts, doesn't look like any of this is terribly recent. I see no pictures of tanned skin fishermen beneath palm trees and wooden boats - I might believe it then!

Re:Hmmm (1)

krautcanman (609042) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372175)

a lot of underwater specimens are photographed submerged in a container of water (camera above water, fish below). If you try to photograph a fish out of water, you get a terrible amount of glistening from the wet scales. Sometimes the animals are put in an aquarium with black floor, sides, and back and the photograph is taken head-on. Sometimes it looks so good you'd swear they were alive!

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372183)

and sometimes it's a hoax. check snopes.

michael does it again (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11371987)

So he links to a bloody forum from the front page of slashdot -- and it's an old story that has already been debunked on fark and snopes!

Seriously dude, wtf is your problem.

Bah! Humbug, or slow day? (4, Interesting)

freitasm (444970) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371990)

I've seen some worthy news not present on Slashdot... But wasting bandwidth with something already debunked by Snopes hosted on a crap server that is slashdotted with only 8 comments... Argh!

Just enjoy the pictures (1)

camcloud1 (758094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372017)

and stop your whinging. It's not everyday that /. get's it wrong ;)

Re:Just enjoy the pictures (1)

glassjaw rocks (793596) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372127)

He wasn't whinging. He was whining.

Re:Just enjoy the pictures (1)

camcloud1 (758094) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372150)

Whinging is Australian for whining. It means the same thing though... Have you never heard of "whinge"?

Re:Just enjoy the pictures (1)

glassjaw rocks (793596) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372180)

I have not heard that, I apologize.

Site already slow, mirror (4, Informative)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 9 years ago | (#11371991)

Pics only:

mirror [cs.hro.nl]

Coincidentally, the third looks like my mother-in-law.

Re:Site already slow, mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372028)

As posted above, there is a much faster mirror at snopes.com [snopes.com] . ;)

Not too weird to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372097)

The fish still looked like fish, with fins, a mouth and an eye on the visible side of their heads -- 3D views anybody? The creatures that didn't look like fish were obviously not fish. I saw a creature that looked like a squid and another that appeared to belong to the crab family.

Hahaha... (5, Funny)

kaedemichi255 (834073) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372000)

Hey, it's Nemo! Boy did he let himself go...

Re:Hahaha... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372046)

No, here [scubashopusa.com] is Nemo.

what the fuck (5, Funny)

maelstrom (638) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372003)

Michael, take a day off, you apparently need it.

Re:what the fuck (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372101)

I second that. Why not like, um, think before you post?

"Michael, step away from the mouse....."

Misplaced priorities? (0, Redundant)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372013)

People are starving and scientists are splunking around for new fish species instead of helping? Not good PR for nerds. (if true)

Re:Misplaced priorities? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372027)

YOU ARE DENSE

Re:Misplaced priorities? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372071)

Explain in detail how a diver is going to help the recovery effort.

Re:Misplaced priorities? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372086)

(if true)

RTFC

Bye bye server (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372021)

Da web server now sleeps wit' da fishes.

Where's Jacques Cousteau when you need him? (1)

brutus_007 (769774) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372026)

Can't see squat since the slashdot effect has taken hold already, but I from the Snopes info, I was sort of hoping to see some of Dr. Zoidberg's ancestors.

Dali (2, Informative)

jazman (9111) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372032)

That first one isn't so weird, there's one on Dali's Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory.

obligatory. (-1)

ATAMAH (578546) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372040)

In Soviet Russia fish catches you!

Re:obligatory. (2, Funny)

SlashdotMeNow (799901) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372044)

In Korea only old people were dredged up by the tsunami.

Making up news for nerds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372079)

Shit that matters

Sorry to be geeky, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372082)

You don't need Snopes for this one. An ocean wave is an energy wave; what got thrown up on shore by the tsunami was the water near the shore. Nothing from far or deep.

Description of page (5, Funny)

Rheagar (556811) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372084)

I imagine that any story which is comprised mainly of pictures that is linked to by slashdot is bound to be brought to its knees before it knew what hit it.
So I've decided to describe the oddities for the slashdotters with active imaginations! Plus I need to work off some caffiene before I hit the sack.

(1) A pallid creature of diminutive size which is characterized by a body shaped like the blade of a pocket knife. The edges of the body form a fin which bears remarkable similarity to a feather. The GI tract is visible as a dark tunnel connecting the throat area and leading halfway down its body to where what appears to be a tiny foot is attached! The foot may actually be an anus, but I'm no biologist and I don't read cyrillic.

(2) This photo shows two beasties in a half meter wide container. The first is a dark, eel-looking fellow with a beaty eye that is glazed over in a sort of post-mortem or thickly armored haze. It is shaped like a bottle rocket -- the back is long , cylindrical, and thin and it has a cylindrical gut of larger diameter attached to the back. His mouth is open a little but no teeth show.
The other fellow is a white squid which has red highlights on its body. The red is probably a result of its blood and viscera being partially drained into its container, but it is difficult to tell from the picture. It looks like a giant, man eating squid from the movies, except it is not giant.

(3) This picture shows a fish held in the hands of a proud seaman. The fish is probably 20 pounds heavy. It is dark like a bottom feeder and has a menacing look about it. The rear half of the animal has a fin on top that looks like an inch tall mohawk. An inch or two without a mohawk separates the rear fin from a threatening dorsal fin. The front of the dorsal fin is shaped like the fang of a snake. It is curved back from vertical, thin, and looks like it could inject a deadly poison (probably doesn't though). He has a large eye which glows an eerie yellow color, probably due to the camera's flash. The mouth is not very clear. To add to this fish's badass appearence, it looks like it has won several knife fights and thick scars crease its body.

(4) This one is ugly. It is in the same type of container as described in picture (2). I imagine that it was once just a very fat fish made of pancake mix, and one day it was dropped on the skillet that is the ocean floor. It is smooshed vertically and resembles "blinky" from the classic Simpson's episode. However, instead of the warm yellow tint of our favorite family, this fish has a mixture of red, brown, and white tints on its body and its face is white like a brie cheese. Come to think of it, its face looks like Marlon Brando. Creepy indeed.

(5) This critter is a sight to behold! It looks like an criptocletus dinosaur on a smaller scale. It has hand and feet fins that look oars. But the best thing about this animal is that it has a beak. It reminds me of an elongated duckbill platypus' beak, except that it is made of flesh instead of a hardened material. Its eye is black and big. I have relatives who eat fish eyes and I'm sure that it would be a wonderful treat for them.

OK, thats all I can handle for now. I hope this helps paint the picture.

Re:Description of page (1)

Freultwah (739055) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372153)

I do read Russian. What it says above 1:

Here's more about underwater world. Natasha sent them.

These are pictures of fish that were found on the coast of Thailand after the tsunami. I cannot be responsible for the accuracy of the names, these are just the captions that came under the photos.

So nothing new there. On page two, the poster also presents some new links and doubts the authenticity of the pictures and another adds that again the muck-rackers and news-mongers needed a sensation.

Brought to you by.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372096)

Brought to you by Michael Sims. #1 Idiot on the web. Better lub up so Rob can give it to you some more!

Tsunamis dont create waves in deep water (1)

maclar (664114) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372098)

This cant be ture, they are showing deep sea fish. The tsunami wave traveling at the deep sea would not have caused any distuction to the water bed and hence its these fish would not have been swept away.

One thing (5, Informative)

dedazo (737510) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372103)

This is obviously a hoax, but if the "editors" understood even the most basic facts about tsunamis (and they have been in the news of late) they'd have known that a tsunami is inconsequential in deep water - it's only until the wave reaches the incline of the shore that it becomes a wall of water. Ergo, no "deep sea creatures" can be "dredged" up, not even bizarre ones.

Otherwise I have to say... PwN3D

Two Possibilities (3, Insightful)

Rie Beam (632299) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372107)

Lesse - if the page is in Russian, but got approved, there are two possibilities:

1) Mike doesn't know Russian, and approved it on summary and purty pictures alone.

OR

2) Mike knows Russian, and is just gullible.

Either way, it says something kinda depressing about the state of /. nowadays.

How to describe this dupe? (3, Informative)

spudchucker (680073) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372108)


DuPe [slashdot.org]

Re:How to describe this dupe? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372116)



Pictures [oceans.gov.au]

In Russia... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11372121)

The servers Slashdot YOU!

It's a troll (5, Interesting)

Lairdsville (600242) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372123)

I thought I had seen these images before.
Sure enough, I had. From snopes [snopes.com] we get the explanation:

they are genuine images of some rather strange deep-sea creatures, these photographs have nothing to do with the Indian Ocean tsunami. They date from mid-2003 and were taken as part of the NORFANZ voyage, a joint Australian-New Zealand research expedition conducted in May-June 2003 to explore deep sea habitats and biodiversity in the Tasman Sea. These photographs can be viewed on Australia's National Oceans Office web site.

Nope (1)

Muttonhead (109583) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372129)

No no. The fish were just a ruse from the submarine to make the other submarine think they were blowed up. Really!

Does anyone else here watch the Discovery Channel (2, Insightful)

logicnazi (169418) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372165)

Those aren't particularly weird fish. They may be weird and some of them are fish but this certainly doesn't make them weird fish.

Alot of the things in the water look pretty damn strange but I recognized alot of these animals from science shows and not even ones about deep water fish. While I can't comment about all of them several looked to be the type one might find in fairly shallow water.

So in response to those who said a Tsunami could bring up these fish I have to disagree, it certainly could stir up fish which live close to shore and even throw them on to land. While it isn't going to stir up fish from the deep ocean my guess is that these are all just fish that live near land but people normally don't notice.

Ok, that does it! (1)

adolfojp (730818) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372198)

I am never going swiming again. :-P

Cheers,
Adolfo

Priceless (2)

renata.org (692451) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372205)

Computer: $2000
Broadband Internet: $100
Being fooled by a hoax at Slashdot's main page: priceless

Had to be said.. (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 9 years ago | (#11372218)

In post-soviet Russia, scams don't ask for money!
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