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Editorial: February 2005

By Terry Siegel Posted Feb 14, 2005 07:00 PM Pomacanthus Publications, Inc.
Terry presents photos taken on 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.

Instead of explaining how I filter my reef system between consumers and producers of waste, which I'll return to next month, I'll offer material sent to me by Greg Schiemer regarding the recent devastating Tsunami. As you can see below the material was sent to Greg from Gregory J. Watkins-Colwell.

Terry,

I received these pictures second-hand through the Yale Peabody Museum. Supposedly they are deep-sea creatures found seaside after the tsunami. A couple of them look like the creature from the movie "Alien."

Greg Schiemer

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From: Jacques Gauthier
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Deep Sea Creatures - Found At Seaside After TSUNAMI . .

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* Gregory J. Watkins-Colwell *
* Herpetology and Ichthyology *
* Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History *
* 170 Whitney Avenue, P. O. Box 208118 *
* New Haven, CT 06520-8118 *
* http://www.peabody.yale.edu *
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UPDATE

Apparently the origin of the images is a hoax: http://www.snopes.com/photos/tsunami/creature.asp

"Origins:   It seems like any unusual or remarkable photographs connected with oceanic phenomena are being attributed to the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004, and this collection of pictures is more of the same.

Although 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.

http://www.oceans.gov.au/norfanz/
http://www.oceans.gov.au/norfanz/CreatureFeature.htm

We appologize for the error.

NOTE:  All of the below photos can be viewed in full size in its Photo Album.

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