• Question: have you seen ny rare species

    Asked by game495emu on 22 Nov 2023.
    • Photo: Jenny Shepperson

      Jenny Shepperson answered on 22 Nov 2023:

      I spent a year living and working in the rainforest in Borneo, and there I saw a few animals that would be considered rare – I spent a long time trying to see a tarsier, and finally saw one a few weeks before I left! They are a small nocturnal primate that have really large eyes!

      In my marine work I don’t think I’ve seen many rare species, because I mainly work at a computer! 🤓

    • Photo: Anton Edwards

      Anton Edwards answered on 22 Nov 2023:

      No. That is probably because they are rare, so are not often seen. Or do we just describe them as rare, because they are not often seen? 🙂

    • Photo: Cristina Steliana Mihailovici

      Cristina Steliana Mihailovici answered on 23 Nov 2023:

      yes, the portuguese jellyfish.

    • Photo: Karen Edwards

      Karen Edwards answered on 23 Nov 2023:

      I’ve seen sea horses while scuba diving. I’m not sure that they are really rare but they are definitely difficult to spot!

    • Photo: Arlene Ditchfield

      Arlene Ditchfield answered on 23 Nov 2023:

      Not rare species as such but unexpected bacteria in marine samples.

    • Photo: Clare Johnson

      Clare Johnson answered on 23 Nov 2023:

      I’ve seen cold water coral that live in the Atlantic – I was on a research ship with some scientists who were studying them so sent a remotely operated camera down to the seabed to look at them. I don’t think they are rare – there’s quite a lot in the Atlantic – but they are vulnerable to climate change and I don’t think there’s many folk who have been lucky enough to see them 🙂

    • Photo: Amina Moss

      Amina Moss answered on 28 Nov 2023:

      Not rare, but rarely seen because they are so good at camouflaging (blending into their environments). I saw some species of stingrays and flatfish (peacock flounder) that can change colour and look exactly like their surrounding so many people can miss them.

    • Photo: Camilla Cassidy

      Camilla Cassidy answered on 30 Nov 2023:

      I’ve seen a few! I was lucky enough to be able to swim with manatees in the National Parks of Florida, and I briefly volunteered at the Charles Darwin Research Centre in the Galapagos where I saw many amazing animals like giant tortoises and the marine iguana, which is a lizard that swims in the ocean!