Wildlife Wednesday: Name this critter and win a prize!

UPDATE 10-26-2016: Winners Announced!

Thank you for participating in last week's Wildlife Wednesday contest! The correct complete answer is Shovelnose guitarfish (hence, the hint that it’s “musical-esque” - see original post below). It is a type of ray that is related to sharks.

Congratulations, Kathy M. (1st Place) and James C. (2nd Place)!!

Tier 1 Prize: This is a surprise that will be awarded in a few days and will feature your names - Kathy M. and James C. Kathy provided the first generally correct answer, which was all that was necessary to win. James provided a specifically correct answer after Kathy's answer was posted. Extra points were awarded for anyone who could name the particular species, so James got extra credit. You both will be featured in the big prize. You both will also receive the Tier 2 prize described below. Kathy gets her choice of the Tier 2 prize (they're all different) since she answered first.

Tier 2 Prize: It just so happens that I have five 2017 wildlife/animal calendars to give away, so the participants who placed will receive a calendar. Those who placed are listed in the chart below...

Placements:

Honorary mention: Ryan W. was extremely specific and even provided a photo of a similar specimen, though via facebook.

Andrew D.: I'm not sure if your answer "His name is Kieth" is correct. It will have to be verified by contacting Monteray Bay Aquarium. It must be true though because you stated it so matter-of-factly. Almost as if you're defending him...like how insensitive of me to not mention his name. Regardless, your answer was submitted past the deadline. Regardless still, we thank you for providing that information. I for one feel closer to the animal now. Er, I mean to Kieth. Go Kieth. We love you, Kieth!

Everyone wins: as promised, everyone who participated will be awarded in a few days, so stay tuned! Some people participated via facebook, which was not in compliance with the contest rules. Still, I appreciate your participation and you will also be included in the final prize.

* You can read everyone’s answers in the Comments section at the bottom of this page *

Regarding other answers given: The most common answer given was Plecostamus. This is a good guess - it does look similar at first glance. The tell-tale difference is that the plecostamus has a dorsal fin, the guitarfish does not…maybe I should say the tell-fin difference? Har har har… Another difference is the size. Guitarfish are generally much bigger. In all fairness though, there was no sense of scale in the photo provided. 

Another answer given was skate. A great guess and very close to the correct answer. According to Florida Museum of Natural History, a tell-fin difference is “…skates typically have a prominent dorsal fin while the dorsal fin is absent or greatly reduced in rays.” Source: https://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/index.php/fish/discover/rays-skates/basics/

Thank you again for playing!!



ORIGINAL POST 10-18-2016:

Hint: it's musical-esque...yes, that's a word...that can be found here and now.

Rules:

1) You must be a Kung Fu Sophie VIP - it's free & quick to sign up and you get a free song

2) You must answer in the comment section below. For extra points: which species does it belong to?

3) Everyone who answers wins a prize* (*Kung Fu Sophie reserves the right to refuse service to anyone. Sad I have to say that...)

4) Stay tuned - the correct answer will be posted along with other answers that were submitted. Note: the first name and last initial of the participant's with correct answers will be posted.

5) Deadline for entries is midnight this Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Thank you for playing and have fun! ♥Sophie

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Comments

Kung Fu Sophie October 26, 2016 @07:22 pm
Here are other answers submitted via facebook or from those who had trouble w/website: | Jim G.: Spotted pancake shark flounder | | Monique J.: plecostomus | | Ryan W.: Guitar fish also known as a shovelnose ray... | | Todd South: It looks to me like an angel shark, sometimes called the monkfish and even more rarely an angel fiddle fish. | | Andrew W.: banjo catfish | | Chris H.: a fish | | Kayce L.R.: Pocostamus sp??? | Frank B.: I am not sure what it is. However, it looks like an EYE of a DOG>?? (O: |
andrew Dicus October 23, 2016 @12:11 pm
His name is Kieth
James Cohen October 22, 2016 @07:28 pm
Shovelnose guitarfish! Type of ray. That was tough.
Cheri Spring October 22, 2016 @05:59 pm
It's a Skate. Related to Rays (like Manta)
Dylan Riley October 22, 2016 @05:23 pm
Banjo catfish
Craig Smyres October 20, 2016 @06:02 pm
A shark?
Jan Hallvard Storeng Kleven October 20, 2016 @12:20 pm
I think it's algae eater, Ancistrus :)
David Calkins October 20, 2016 @11:38 am
Sand Shark?
Greg October 20, 2016 @11:29 am
It's a gecko! It will bring u good luck in songwriting!
Matt Swanson October 20, 2016 @08:10 am
My guess is some sort or catfish, plecostomas? They both are peaceful.
Wayne Hatchel October 20, 2016 @12:45 am
It's one of the Plecostomus fish and the species is multiradiatus. I have one that is around 5 inches in my 45 gallon tank. Will be getting a small one for my 29 gallon tank.
timm October 19, 2016 @09:32 pm
A Plecostomus. Yeah Yeah.
Amy Fling October 19, 2016 @09:28 pm
I want to play for fun I don't need a prize....(I want to find out what it is!) My Guess: B Flat E Fish
John October 19, 2016 @01:32 pm
A. A Skate B. Chondrichthye C. the relation must to the song Soapy likes to sing, "Brand new Key" by Melanie in which she is referring to a key skate. : )
Kathy Martin October 19, 2016 @01:27 pm
Guitarfish (Stingray family)
sir james h. lant sr. October 19, 2016 @01:25 pm
Well it is an algae eater, more specifically it appears to be a Plecostomus. You are awesome saice, i was just thinking about you. Done Vida
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