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Old 10-06-2009, 10:06 AM   #1
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Bring Back the Climbing Starfish

Having recently upgraded to 3.0, the first thing I noticed was the starfish no longer appears on the glass (well, that and the fact that there are no more changing light levels). I'd love to see that starfish on the glass again. Developers: please?https://www.feldoncentral.com/forums...milies/lol.gif
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Old 10-06-2009, 12:19 PM   #2
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The "developers" is Jim Sachs. It's on his To Do list. Oh, and welcome to the forums.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:07 PM   #3
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The two items are related. Since there has never been a transition animation of the starfish climbing from the floor onto the glass, it needed total darkness to mask the jump. Without Automatic Lights, there is no more total darkness. A transition animation is on the To-Do list.
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Old 10-06-2009, 07:31 PM   #4
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Originally posted by Jim Sachs:
A transition animation is on the To-Do list.  
How about showing the star fish attempting to open a clam? It wouldn't involve gore and flesh bits. It would just show the design genius behind it's weird appearance.
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:10 PM   #5
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I'll consider it.
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:27 AM   #6
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An option setting is welcome
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:44 AM   #7
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Why would a Starfish need to open a clam?
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Old 10-07-2009, 06:49 AM   #8
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If it gets peckish.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:17 AM   #9
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Unhappy

At least, let the starfish move fast as previous version.
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:11 PM   #10
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Originally posted by Stew2000:
Why would a Starfish need to open a clam?  
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_a_starfish_eat

"Some species take advantage of the great endurance of their water vascular systems to force open the shells of bivalve mollusks such as clams and mussels, and inject their stomachs into the shells. Once the stomach is inserted inside the shell it digests the mollusk in place. The cardiac stomach is then brought back inside the body, and the partially digested food is moved to the pyloric stomach. Because of this ability to digest food outside of its body, the sea star is able to hunt prey that are much larger than its mouth would otherwise allow including arthropods, and even small fish in addition to mollusks."

Don't sound as innocent as they look now do they?

They are a huge pest for the commercial oyster farmers.
They can't even be chopped up and returned to the sea because they regenerate from parts.
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:05 PM   #11
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Now i'm just scared.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:03 PM   #12
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Jim's starfish is a vegetarian variety.. It would open the clam just to show it can
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Old 10-11-2009, 08:24 AM   #13
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Maybe there can be an option for it to open a coconut.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:48 PM   #14
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What do you think of this giant coconut crab?

http://www.magazine13.com/giant-coconut-crab/

Their life is marine only as larvae, so these could be put on the Whishlist for MA.
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Old 10-11-2009, 05:09 PM   #15
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Wow, that picture of one climbing a trash can is enough to give me nightmares!
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Old 10-11-2009, 08:53 PM   #16
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Naw, throw that big ol' bug into a pot of boiling water with some pickling spice and plate him up with a nice slice of rare prime rib and you got some top shelf surf and turf right there.

Here is a cool video I found about sea stars:
http://www.marthas-vineyard-vacation...rfish-eat.html
There are several other sea star videos also on the right side of that page

The scallops are not defensless to the stars attack:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ6tC...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6Qsm...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XqWbsvAm4A

Sea star regeneration:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7cXe...eature=related

Nadine the expert:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMoH21YjINE
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Old 10-12-2009, 04:50 AM   #17
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Those crabs are creepy. Some interesting links, FrankGuy. Here's my latest starfish pics taken at the aquarium. One is taken when they have their mouths full of food and seem to suction to the glass to eat. Then a couple ones of really skinny orange ones looking at their refections at the top of the water. And a couple in poses you can project your own interpretation of what they're doing.
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:58 AM   #18
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I think that last one is the funniest.... ..... How about reproducing that, Jim? ...
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:19 AM   #19
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That's the beauty of photography - you can get away with anything, because it really happened. If my starfish did that, I'd be a laughingstock.
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Old 10-12-2009, 08:27 AM   #20
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So......................No cartwheels across the bottom of the tank huh?
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