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New un-identified amphibious species discovered

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Not sure what it is, but atleast the air bubbles appear to be coming from the front of the creature grin

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My girlfriend did an extensive study of the creature. She highly noted two things.

1) Air bubbles come from both ends in near equal amounts. Thats why we always tell my nieces while swimming - "dont bite the bubbles".

2) The thing is a fish catching machine!

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Does this expulsion of air act as a defense mechanism or is it more of a sonic blast that stuns bait fish?

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She cant really pin down the "why" for the gas release. The creature definatly takes pleasure in the release and post release effects. This leads her to believe it may be some sort of "device" to ward off air breathing annoyances? Or it could have something to do with balast and neutral boyancy? The study continues...

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So it acts as a ballast in other words? Similar to a submarine. Very interesting!!!

Now if it can fine tune this ability like the fish that spits water at it's prey to knock it off a branch and into the water. I can see where it would blow fish out of the water. The photo shows as if it were under pressure and ready to attack. Also looks to be quadripedal, allowing it to retrieve land-stricken game.

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Oh, the thing is in constant predator mode. It actually seems to enjoy the hunt and subsequent kill. It will eat anything but favorite meals include walleyes, panfish, whitetails, pigs, and cows. It will also eat veggies, greens and mushrooms. Besides water it seems to have a taste for milk and brewed beverages that contain barley and hops...

She also said that "bloated" look has something to do with hamburgs, hotdogs, and beverages...

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I believe Ive sighted a creature similiar to this around my area!Ive heard that they migrate many miles in search of fish and food!

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Not only is it a master in the art of disguise with what appears to be a removable duck bill or some sort of shark fin to fool it's quarry, but it's also a master in fluid dynamics.

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Frankie - In the wise wise words of Metalica - "sleep with one eye open"...

Enter Sandman

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Oh I have the one eye open all the time . . . should I be worried about the unknown creature with the short rudder?

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One question, should we worry about it breeding?! Sorry, couldn't resist the opening!!

Ray

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    • I didn’t know grackles fished either.  Interesting. 
    • Was checking back to see you with a bird pic @Borch
    • So this is not a new thing!  Interesting.  I keep finding more and more complex behavior in so many of these "dumb" animals!  So many of them are anything but dumb.
    • When I was a kid, we used to have a pond in our yard. We would keep fish and minnows in there. The grackles would clean in out! We had to resort to putting a cover over it.
    • Last Thursday on a visit to my sister in Rock Rapids IA, we made a circuit through the Island Park there.  At the low dam just past the former railroad bridge which is now a walking path we saw a group of grackles fishing at the edge of the white water where it ran against the rocks at the shore line.  There probably were a dozen or so all told moving back and forth and some on the rocks at the other shore line.  In something like half an hour or less we saw various of the birds bring out minnows and eat them on the shore to a total of at least 8.  They also contested for the better fishing spots and tried to horn in on other birds' catches;   they would fly out to quite a bit up on shore with a catch to eat it there. I never expected to see grackles fishing.  I never heard of that before, but then it wouldn't be the first time I didn't know about something relatively common.
    • I've seen deer there, too.  I go by there on my way to work about 3:30 am S S & M.
    • Now they're gobbling...  seem to be getting a little closer.
    • Very quiet so far.  Maybe one distant gobble on the roost but couldn't tell for sure. At least the mosquitos seem to have calmed down in the last 10 minutes some. 
    • Brotha’ you got that right.   Actually I’m cooking hobos over the campfire in Ely right now.  Not a bad second fiddle.   I won’t be a cooking hobo in a blind this weekend.