Tuesday, 21 April 2009

I breathe from my rectum

I have for most parts, a watery existence. I can propel in the water by forcing out water that I have sucked in from my rectum. Yes, you guessed right, I have a multi-purpose rectum. In order to prevent fecal matter from contaminating the rectal cavity and messing up my oxygen intake, I excrete them in carefully processed packets. So, you squeamish types, relax.

I have an enlarged and a ‘teethed’ lower lip that I can shoot out at 1/100th of a second to as much as 1/3 of my body length to catch prey. This remarkable speed is achieved by internal hydraulics in my body. I have a voracious appetite and I am labelled as one of the top carnivores in freshwater habitats. Eventually, I transform into a beauty totally different to my rough looks and questionable ways of life.

Just who am I?

Answer this correctly and win a signed printed copy of any of the images in this blog. Multiple correct answers may necessitate a draw.

On other matters: I made a mistake in my previous post. That image was not shot at 5 times the life size. The one below was. It is uncropped image as the previous one.

I am watching you

24 comments:

RyanM said...

For a minute there I thought you were describing yourself :)

Nyphs or Naiads is my answer - quite similar to dragonflies I think :)

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Are you Java Jones?

Delilah said...

Dragonfly larvae - nymphs?

Darwin said...

It's a squid right?

sach said...

That title sounds like something RD would write. You can take that as a compliment or an insult, depending on your RD perspective ;)

Kalusudda said...

From your fondness for dragonflies and pond hunting, this got to be a Dragonfly larvae!

spookydragonfly said...

Is there an award out there somewhere for the Most Outrageous Post Title?! I'm sure this title had some doing double takes! I'll bow out...I've read up on this.

Doug Taron said...

I see that I'm late to the naiad party.

Chriss said...

For a brief moment after I read your title and the beginning of your post I was worried someone had hacked your blog and was playing a joke on us. Ok, for the answer, I'll choose dragonfly cause you love them. Have a wonderful day.

Java Jones said...

Been out of town with no access - hence the delay. Looks like you got quite a few correct answers already, so get ready for the draw.

And hey, RD is still tripping after his brawl with Bawa, so go easy on the guy, he needs a little time to get back to his semblance of normality!

Tabib said...

Yes, Dragonfly larvae, the nymphs using their gills (concealed in its rectum) for breathing!.

Abe Lincoln said...

Wow. Amazing macro shots.

Gallicissa said...

Thank you all for commenting and taking part in the quizz. The correct answer is dragonfly larvae aka.nymphs/naiads.

A draw was done to pick a winner. And the winner is












































































Kalusudda. Congrats! Come and claim your prize, Kalu.

Kalusudda said...

Man This is great! How nice, finally I got something right. I think I would like to pass the gift to Java, being the gentleman he is, did not even compete. I want more than a signed photo as we are planning to see some real stuff with you this year or early next year. Another reason is that I am about to leave for a long research trip and will not be back for a while.
I really do appreciate your effort! Thanks a Million and I hope Java will be happy!

Kalusudda said...

Hi Gee, Please let me know a birding book that you would like to have from USA. THX

Gallicissa said...

Hi Kalu,
I will contact Mr. Jones to pass this news and see what he says.

How nice it is to know that you are planning to travel with me in the not so distant future! I have not met any of my blogging friends yet and it'd be fantastic to meet you!

Thank you very for your generous offer to send me a bird book! How cool! I never say 'no' to books and instead of a birdie one, may I suggest, 'The Reluctant Mr. Darwin' by David Quammen? (Used one would be okay). I have read and reread Quammen's masterpeice, 'The Song of the Dodo' which is one of my all time favourites. Thanks heaps!

Kalusudda said...

You got it my friend. I love books and I love people who read them! Shall I get the address from you website?

Gallicissa said...

Hi again Kalu,
You are too kind!

My address is 146A, Pahala Bomiriya, Kaduwela, Sri Lanka.

Thank you very much, once again!

Java Jones said...

Sorry I'm late with the response guys, but been outta town again.

Thanks Kalu, for the kind gesture.

Amila - please choose the most colourful Dragon you can find among your beauties and I'll place it in a prominent spot to remember both you gentlemen.

Cheers!

Gallicissa said...

No worries, Java. I got the print done and it is a 20'' x 30'' one of a dragonfly. It's come off well and I am sure you are going to like it.

oldcrow61 said...

Dragonfly larvae, are you serious!! It's gorgeous!

Gallicissa said...

Hi OC,
Yes - take a look at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezq_JWd1Sd8

Sunita said...

I just saw this post, Amila. Dragonfly larvae? I was just about to say " I dont think I want to know who it is. In fact I dont want to be in the same biosphere as whoever it is" . But dragonflies....hmmm, maybe I'll make an exception for them ;D

Gallicissa said...

Hi Sunita,
Yes, the world has too many oddities! I bet you are sort of disappointed about the fate of Mumbai Indians...

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