Tangled Bank #81 » « Cephalopod camouflage, or: turning invisible is easier than it looks Vacation Warning! Do you realize that if we could get them to believe this (and you know, they’ll believe anything), it would cut the crowding at prime beach recreation sites by half or more? Share this:PrintEmailShare on TumblrTweet Tangled Bank #81 » « Cephalopod camouflage, or: turning invisible is easier than it looks
A SNL favorite!
I surely could have used such an evolved creature when I went to Hawaii for the first time in 1996. My first mistake was going to Oahu – which was like being in NYC (which I love – but I didn’t want to go there on that particular trip)…my second was thinking I could find a space to lay down on the beach.
My best friend and I walked around for half an hour at least just looking for somewhere to lay our towels. It was so overcrowded with people, I don’t think the sand crabs had any room to sun themselves.
Where were these sharks then? :-)
Is that Lake Superior?
That shark wasn’t evolved, it was put there to test our faith, you know, like all them there dinosaur fossils ‘n’ stuff.
J/K, incase that wasn’t clear.
Martin R says
Hey, they believe every word of the Bible. How hard can it be to convince them of the existence of land sharks?
Brendan S says
You know, things like this are funny, but they only serve to perpetuate wrong ideas about evolution.
Brendan S, #6: If cretinous creationists are too stupid to learn, then they and their doomed descendants stand ready as a reliable food source, ripe for exploiting. If they’re around long enough, something will start feasting on them. Given that they can’t adapt to reality, the boom won’t last long.
And the hilarious part is they don’t have enough science background to realize that it’s obviously a cephalopod using mimicry camouflage!
`Like a shark with feet and… much less fins.’
`And on land!’
This isn’t exactly out of the realm of plausibility for evolution. Marine predators evolved out of the water once; they can do it again (given the right environment for a few million years). And let’s not even get started on actual walking fish, and definitely not even glance at the subject of tree-climibing fish.
The introduction of a new top predator into the ecosystem, which feeds exclusively on creationists… if I believed in a god, I would pray for that.
Re: #12 “The introduction of a new top predator into the ecosystem, which feeds exclusively on creationists…”
… and pees gasoline.
(old bad news/good news joke, adapted)
Creationists believe in anything? I think not! They categorically do not believe in slight genetic changes which provide phenotype alterations and variations in the success of a species to propagate in improve a species over millions of years.
Robin Levett says
B-b-b-but, PZ, I thought you and Larry disapproved of using landsharks to fight creationists; a losing strategy, you’ve called it.
“Yeah, but it’s still a shark!”
Anyway, I can imagine Cameron and Comfort adding this to their list of creatures that *should* exist if evolution were true – right alongside the bullfrog, sheepdog, etc.