Monday, August 28, 2006

new marine species discovered on ebay

No foolin'.

Here's the Guardian story »

Here the same story in New Scientist »

And by way of follow up: When the Guardian reported on the sea urchin Coelopleurus exquisitus on 17 August, bids were clocking in at $9.50; when the auction closed on 19 August bids had reached $138 -- which will most certainly ensure that there's a nice market for the many many little urchins that were hauled up from the ocean floor by a thoughtful drift net fishermen -- along with a metric ton of other diverse sealife that will never crawl along the murky bottom again.

Because what else are new species of sea urchins for if not to post to eBay to buy and sell for our amusement?

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