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#21 truecrimson

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 07:55 PM

I didn't even know there fresh water lampreys, or that any were native to North America.  Very cool.  



#22 ForTheHalibut

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Posted 11 February 2017 - 11:33 PM

It looks absolutely alien.  Beautiful.  Thank you for sharing.



#23 sbtgrfan

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 07:23 AM

First lamprey. I will never forget mine. Have seen many since, but the first one was just awesome!

 

While I have only seen one, I too will never forget my first. It was so cool, I was giddy with excitement I didn't truly realize what it was at first. Weird how we get like that sometimes. Still don't remember the exact species I found, nonetheless, it was really cool. 


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#24 gerald

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 11:31 AM

What amazes me about lampreys is their complex communal nest-building behavior.  I just wouldn't have expected complex social behavior from critters so similar to Earth's first vertebrates.


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#25 taldridge0321

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Posted 12 February 2017 - 11:51 AM

 

While I have only seen one, I too will never forget my first. It was so cool, I was giddy with excitement I didn't truly realize what it was at first. Weird how we get like that sometimes. Still don't remember the exact species I found, nonetheless, it was really cool. 

That's what I thought at first, it looked like a worm to me then I realized it was a Lamprey. I know there are some spots around Raleigh that has Least Brook Lampreys, but I haven't gotten around to check it out yet.



#26 zooxanthellae

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 11:47 AM

That's what I thought at first, it looked like a worm to me then I realized it was a Lamprey. I know there are some spots around Raleigh that has Least Brook Lampreys, but I haven't gotten around to check it out yet.

Tim, 

Fritz and I made a trip last year to a "secret spot" in the Raleigh area. There was a guy Fritz managed to locate via email, who has a population in a creek in his backyard. I wanted to go back this year to shoot some video, I'll let you know if I can get up with the guy. 

 

Lampetra-aepyptera.png

 

Lampetra-aepyptera-oral-disk.pngLampetra-aepyptera---Female.png



#27 gerald

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 02:53 PM

Here's Jerry Reynolds's videos of Least Brook Lampreys spawning in a creek south of Raleigh:

 

https://www.facebook... jerry reynolds


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#28 zooxanthellae

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 03:19 PM

Here's Jerry Reynolds's videos of Least Brook Lampreys spawning in a creek south of Raleigh:

 

https://www.facebook... jerry reynolds

 

I'm 99% sure that is the guy, thanks Gerald!



#29 zooxanthellae

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 03:29 PM

Here is a cell phone video I took that day:

https://goo.gl/photo...UhiGc1fvfDGHTW7

 



#30 taldridge0321

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 03:34 PM

Tim, 

Fritz and I made a trip last year to a "secret spot" in the Raleigh area. There was a guy Fritz managed to locate via email, who has a population in a creek in his backyard. I wanted to go back this year to shoot some video, I'll let you know if I can get up with the guy. 

 

Lampetra-aepyptera.png

 

Lampetra-aepyptera-oral-disk.pngLampetra-aepyptera---Female.png

Yeah that would be great, I was going to plan a trip for those but let me know if you plan on going back to that spot, I would love to go.



#31 taldridge0321

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 09:56 AM

Beautiful pics though Scott.





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