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Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« on: September 01, 2009, 05:53:10 AM »
'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast

"Alien-like" scenes of tadpoles feasting on eggs emerging from their mother have been caught on camera.

Be sure to check out the video; it really is amazing!

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Offline StrawberryDream

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009, 02:23:46 AM »
Does that mean they are eating their siblings?

Offline SleepyWei

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2009, 12:41:30 PM »
Does that mean they are eating their siblings?

Those are probably leftover unfertilized eggs that the tadpoles will consume for nutrients.
« Last Edit: September 02, 2009, 12:42:41 PM by SleepyWei »

Offline The Overlord

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009, 01:40:49 PM »

Wicked...you can actually see them bloating up transparent with them.

I reiterate my question; if we find life on another world, will we be prepared for its exotic nature?

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Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009, 02:07:00 PM »
O.O

...I'll be in [Ex]...


Offline StrawberryDream

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009, 05:00:16 PM »
Those are probably leftover unfertilized eggs that the tadpoles will consume for nutrients.
Alright thanks that worried me a little

Offline Sel Nar

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009, 10:48:26 PM »
I don't see what's so 'alien-like' about it. I mean, hell, we do the same to chicken eggs.

Admittedly, the visual spectacle of having a dozen or more limbless wigglers slurping down freshly-laid eggs does squick some people out, especially when said eggs are barely out of the parent's body at that point, but, I still can't see what's so 'alien' about it.

Offline SleepyWei

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2009, 10:52:08 PM »
It might not be alien to you but some people might not have ever seen something even remotely similar to this or think about comparing this to our own consumption of eggs. I've seen stuff like this before as well but it still isn't exactly great to watch the tadpoles bloat up on eggs to the point where I can see it right through their skin.

Offline TevarTahalshia

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2009, 09:55:34 PM »
I spoke with a friend of mine who's a grad student studying amphibians and snakes.  He not only verified that this frog is feeding her babies unfertilized eggs, but pointed out that a frog in Namib lays unfertilized eggs on top of the fertilized ones to help keep them moist.  The fertilized eggs actually skip the tadpole stage, as they don't hatch until they have legs.

American frogs and toads just lay eggs and leave them, no care given.  "In the tropics, things get weird" he says.

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Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2009, 10:10:52 PM »
I think the 'Alien-like' description is less about the fact that the tadpoles are eating frog eggs, and more about the fact that these tentacle-like things are essentially latched onto the female's butt. (Or pretty darn close to it.)  Face it, you don't see that kind of image very often outside of hentai.

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Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2009, 07:39:10 AM »
I think the 'Alien-like' description is less about the fact that the tadpoles are eating frog eggs, and more about the fact that these tentacle-like things are essentially latched onto the female's butt. (Or pretty darn close to it.)  Face it, you don't see that kind of image very often outside of hentai.


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Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #11 on: September 06, 2009, 09:10:03 AM »
My goodness...look at the little buggers go. That can't be comfortable for the mama frog, it almost looks like she is trying to kick them off at some points. >.<

Offline Spookie MonsterTopic starter

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2009, 06:16:01 PM »
Firstly, to whoever embedded the video: Thanks!  I didn't know that one could embed BBC stuff.

That said... mmm, yeah, StrawberryDream, the tadpoles are indeed eating infertile eggs, according to the article:

"In the case of mountain chickens, we have discovered that the female comes into the nest and starts laying a string of infertile eggs. ...  We thought that the eggs would come out and drop to the bottom of the nest and then the tadpoles would start eating them.  But the footage shows about 40 tadpoles congregating around the female and eating the eggs as they come out of the female's body."

For better or for worse, however, cannibalistic siblicide does occur here and there in the animal kingdom.  Marbled salamanders preferentially eat their siblings, I believe, and the parasitic wasps that we talked about in this thread don't seem too concerned about eating their brothers and sisters.  And I'm sorry to say that as cute as they are many ladybugs eat their siblings, too...

With regard to whether the scene really is "alien"... well, I suppose that that is debatable.  Still, I've got to say that personally I find it fairly weird.  I mean, imagine if Octomom had just given birth... and then the eight newborns scampered up her thighs to devour the emerging placentae.  Well, this froggy situation would still be weirder.  I admit that if Octomom could also shoot laser beams from her eyes then that would be weirder.

Thanks for the replies, everybody!

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Edit: I forgot to add the link to "The Puppet Masters"...
« Last Edit: September 30, 2009, 06:17:58 PM by Ziggy Speldust »

Offline Greenthorn

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2009, 07:45:07 AM »
O.O

...I'll be in [Ex]...

Geez, glad I'm not the only one!

Offline Kate

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2009, 11:29:27 PM »
"I reiterate my question; if we find life on another world, will we be prepared for its exotic nature?" - The Overlord

Answer ?

No.

Proof ?

On the topic of synergy, what average are we managing so far with the ones we already know on this world ? What average are we managing with slightly different cultures or values of others in our own species?



« Last Edit: October 09, 2009, 11:30:54 PM by Kate »

Offline SleepyWei

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2009, 01:10:39 AM »
Fact of the matter is this:

If we come into general contact with an alien race, we as humans will try to find any possible way to exploit them for our own benefits. Information regarding technology would be the main thing.

Should they decide to make their presence even more known, we will become wary of them because they are different and unknown. That fear will eventually escalate to hatred and mobs will go and riot over them.

So no, I personally don't think humans will be prepared for aliens and their 'exotic nature' for quite some time.

/hijack

Offline Kate

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2009, 01:22:21 AM »
If we find something like plant life - perhaps - cultivating for medicines etc. exploitation ? Definitely !

Would be the highest priority considering a generally capitalism driven world.

Exotic bacteria or Highly advanced races ? - Most likely trouble (for us) with a chance of exceptions I feel.

Debatably advances races have already "discovered" us (alien conspiracies etc), if that is the case I doubt we would have much choice in their actions - we would be an interesting thing to watch, influence or use from their perspective.

Offline Kate

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2009, 02:34:01 AM »

(BTW spiders, frogs and octopus are more cannibalistic than other species)


Offline Talia

Re: 'Alien scene' of tadpoles' feast
« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2009, 06:51:07 AM »
Love that video! I find it very interesting. It broadens the mind and really makes you think.
« Last Edit: November 02, 2009, 12:07:29 PM by Laurrel »