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Monday, January 25th, 2010
7:18 pm - Fluffy went to heaven.

I've just learned that Fluffy passed away. There was some sort of accident while animals were being moved around to enable staff to perform renovations. I don't have any more details, and I probably won't ask. I'm just sad the poor girl's gone.

Well, her life was short, by lungfish standards, but at least it was fun. She even got famous and lived in a mansion. Not many lungfishes get to ride airplanes.

Lungfish heaven is covered in delicious worms, snails, and shrimp.

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Saturday, March 15th, 2008
8:29 pm - new Fluffy pics!

From a visit to the Shedd few weeks ago.

She wouldn't come out and say hi, so these are mostly lungfish ass.

more under cutCollapse )

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Saturday, October 27th, 2007
6:21 pm - fluffy sighting


my folks are visiting from NJ this weekend.
my kid brother lives at Grand & State,
the wife and i live in Woodlawn down on E. 61st.

we went to the Shedd today,
and stopped to say hi to Fluffy.

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Saturday, October 7th, 2006
12:46 am - I visited Fluffy this summer.

Hokay! Way back in mid-July, I visited my friend Halo in Chicago. Needless to say, we immediately went to the Shedd Aquarium, so I could say hello to Fluffy!

Fluffy is the only lungfish in a large African-biotope tank, as she should be, because African lungfishes (unlike Australian ones) don't get along too well in confined spaces.

Here's how Fluffy was sitting in her tank when I first saw her. Here's how Fluffy was sitting in her tank when I first saw her.

After I took a few pictures, she turned around to see where all those bright flashes were coming from. After I took a few pictures, she turned around to see where all those bright flashes were coming from.

Maybe she recognized me. Maybe she recognized me.

She went up for a breath of air... She went up for a breath of air...

... and gracefully slid back to the bottom. ... and gracefully slid back to the bottom.

Fluffy looks happy in her new home.  I am satisfied that she is well housed and properly cared for. Fluffy looks happy in her new home. I am satisfied that she is well housed and properly cared for.

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Sunday, January 8th, 2006
6:37 pm

newfytron and I went to visit Miss Fluffy today!

pics inside!Collapse )

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
1:21 pm - Fluffy update

arcanus stated, in a text message I received last night, that he has visited fluffy_lungfish at the Shedd, and that she is doing very well. Needless to say, I was elated.

This would make Arcanus the first of Fluffy's devoted fans to see her on display. He claims to have photographic evidence, but I have yet to see it. I hope to receive the file soon, and that she is recognizable in it, so I may positively identify her as my little girl. FLUFFY!

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2005



Hi [Lepidosiren],

Fluffy has been moved to exhibit and is doing well.

Best regards,

-----Original Message-----
From: [Lepidosiren]
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2005 4:07 PM
To: Christopher, Lise
Subject: Hi!

Hello, Lise! I hope your holiday season is treating you well. [...]

How is Fluffy the African Lungfish? All my friends keep asking me about
her. Is she still on standby, or has she been promoted to "on display?"


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Wednesday, September 14th, 2005
1:08 pm - The oldest known true larva of a vertebrate

I was looking for something else, when I found this blog post about an article in Nature a couple of years ago.

Basically, a fossil was found in Scotland of a cartiliginous fishie thing back in 1890, and they just got around to figuring out it was a lungfish larva -- the oldest known true larva of a vertebrate. The blog has a link to the Quicktime movies showing the rotation of the fossil.

Edit: Here's another article, with a photo of the little guy.

So, where that Fluffy at, anyways?

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Monday, September 12th, 2005
12:59 pm

anyone have any updates on Miss Fluffy? is she an international superstar yet?

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Thursday, June 30th, 2005
11:23 am - state of the lungfish


Hi [me],

At this time Fluffy is out of quarantine but is on reserve for an indefinite period
of time. She's doing quite well but I'm not sure when she will go on exhibit.

Best regards,

-----Original Message-----
From: [me]
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2005 4:47 PM
To: Christopher, Lise
Subject: :)

Hi, Lise. I hope all is well.

I have a quick question for you: Do you know when Fluffy the African
lungfish will go on display? Many of my friends want to know, so they can
visit her. :)


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Monday, June 6th, 2005
8:53 pm - spied!


Here are some top secret spy photos of Fluffy in her quarantine tank at the Shedd Aquarium!

I cannot see you. Therefore, you cannot see me.

I could use a breath of air.

Might just get me one of those.

Many thanks to pyrric.

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Friday, May 13th, 2005
10:30 am - some older pictures of fluffy

taken sometime in early 2003 -

and not for the light of stomach - Fluffy demonstrating what those powerful jaws can do to a crayfish
don't say i didn't warn you!Collapse )

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12:44 am - A famous lungfish other than Fluffy

Near the beginning of Creature from the Black Lagoon [1], one of the scientists is going "blah de blah blah" in front of a tank, talking about "missing links" and the "dead ends" in evolution. The expedition to the Amazon that drives the "plot" of the movie is about finding a "rare species" of South American lungfish, which is cool enough. Swimming around in the tank (to illustrate an evolutionary dead end) they show a very active lungfish.

It's either a South American or African lungfish (they look very similar), but I thought it might have been an African because it looked pretty scaley and muscular, and its "legs" were very long and more developed than pictures I'd seen of the South Americans. Does anyone know which it might have been?

[1] Which is actually a pretty good flick, in that cheesy 50's horror-movie way. One of the things I liked about it was that the female lead didn't just stand around and scream (although she did a bit of that, but in situations where you'd be screaming, too). She was smart, witty, level-headed, and did stuff besides look really great in a swimsuit.

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Thursday, May 12th, 2005
10:06 pm - Some things about lungfish you might like to know

What do they look like, how big and old they get, what do they eat, do they make good pets?Collapse )

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