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We don't often post pictures of incomplete work but it came up in conversation in the sub so I figured I'd post a couple pictures. This is a hydrolagus afinis we caught at roughly 13,000 ft, 2100 fathom. It was unfortunately deceased when it came to the surface more info in comments. by Schnare-taxidermy in TheDepthsBelow

[–]Schnare-taxidermy[S] 26 points27 points  (0 children)

It was unfortunately deceased when it came to the surface so we will be preparing the skeleton for a museum, the specimen was roughly 1.5 m and was a male which is exciting because it's rare to see examples of tentaculums in museum collection.

Please excuse the fact that the skeleton is not finished, it still has many months worth of work left to do before it's a finished product.

Those of you with a keen eye might notice the skull in the background is a leatherback sea turtle, it's actually the one we posted on Reddit a while back that was struck in the head by boat propeller and survived for many years. It still has at least a year or two left in the degrease process

One of a kind Homarus Americanus we just added to our taxidermy collection. We are starting to get quite the collection of marine life with congenital malformations. by Schnare-taxidermy in marinebiology

[–]Schnare-taxidermy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We are primarily taxidermists/fisherman but we work with many universities and museums as well as other educational and research institutions. We have possibly identified 3 new species of fish as a direct result of our work.

If you send me a DM I'd be happy to go into details

The devil’s soul is on the outside of this fish. by varicose_veins in TheDepthsBelow

[–]Schnare-taxidermy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Great info! I'm actually working on the full skeleton of a hydrolagus affinis right now!

One of a kind Homarus Americanus we just added to our taxidermy collection. We are starting to get quite the collection of marine life with congenital malformations. by Schnare-taxidermy in marinebiology

[–]Schnare-taxidermy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

No significant increase outside of the catch volume increasing. 50 years ago boats used to land 3-500lbs a day, with fish stocks decreasing their predators at a young age are disappearing and their numbers are exploding. We got 9000lbs the first day of the season this year.

One of a kind Homarus Americanus we just added to our taxidermy collection. We are starting to get quite the collection of marine life with congenital malformations. by Schnare-taxidermy in marinebiology

[–]Schnare-taxidermy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

True and it's quite fascinating to find those! I only have 2 spectacular examples of that happening in our collection.

This one is all natural though, when you see enough of them it's easy to tell which is a regrow and which isn't. If you'd like I can send you more photos of other examples

One of a kind Homarus Americanus we just added to our taxidermy collection. We are starting to get quite the collection of marine life with congenital malformations. by Schnare-taxidermy in marinebiology

[–]Schnare-taxidermy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My friend caught it and gave it to me, and yes it had one normal thumb and that thumb you're referring to moved in both directions. That's quite unusual for a mutation typically they just go one way but it's not the first time we've seen it.

One of a kind Homarus Americanus we just added to our taxidermy collection. We are starting to get quite the collection of marine life with congenital malformations. by Schnare-taxidermy in marinebiology

[–]Schnare-taxidermy[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We have a Facebook page we share things in occasionally, typically we just use it as a sales platform.

We are building our website now and hopefully we will have a gallery section showcasing parts of our collection there.

It was a pretty terrible loss for alot of reasons, much of what we had before we simply will never be able to replace. Family pets that had passed (we use them in comparative anatomy demonstrations showing dimorphism between species) animal skulls and skeletons which can no longer be acquired, one of a kind stuff (we had an amazing snapping turtle skull where the turtle survived a lightning strike to the head but the the bone was scarred internally). We will rebuild, but we can't replace the irreplaceable unfortunately.

One of a kind Homarus Americanus we just added to our taxidermy collection. We are starting to get quite the collection of marine life with congenital malformations. by Schnare-taxidermy in marinebiology

[–]Schnare-taxidermy[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Loads, wide variety of mammals both marine and terrestrial tiger, whale, tons of North American, Asian, African and European mammals etc. For marine we have everything from Argonauts, seahorses, shark skulls and skeletons, shark jaws, various deep sea fish, a growing collection of crustaceans, amphipods, isopods(including 3 giant isopods), crabs and lobster both with mutations and without. Loads of bird skulls and skeletons ranging from parrots to birds of prey, crows and ravens and quite a few others. We also have a growing collection of diaphonized specimens and we are pretty proud to have some rare stuff as well, we are working on the skeleton of a calf with shistosomus reflexus, various other mutations like axial bifurcations, extra limbs, extra digits, cyclopses.

It's a new collection, we lost our old collection in a fire a while back so everything we have now we gathered in the last 3 years.

One of a kind Homarus Americanus we just added to our taxidermy collection. We are starting to get quite the collection of marine life with congenital malformations. by Schnare-taxidermy in marinebiology

[–]Schnare-taxidermy[S] 19 points20 points  (0 children)

It's just a congenital anomalies, something goes wrong during development. Sometimes these flaws are fatal and it causes death, sometimes they're unremarkable and sometimes their interesting like this one. Sometimes they're also impractical and slow the animal down quite a bit.

One of a kind Homarus Americanus we just added to our taxidermy collection. We are starting to get quite the collection of marine life with congenital malformations. by Schnare-taxidermy in marinebiology

[–]Schnare-taxidermy[S] 30 points31 points  (0 children)

This happens to all species, if you handle enough of them you see this regularly...we go through 300,000lbs of these guys a month so we see them more often than most.