Meet the Morphoids

Meet the Morphoids: Sepal

 

Sepal is the first Morphoid I discovered.  Despite his effective camouflage, I had noticed him scurry under a bush during one of my daily walks through Fish Creek Park here in Calgary.  I wasn’t sure what it was at first…. I had never seen anything like it.

It seemed to resemble a botanical form I’ve studied- the part connects the stem of a plant to it’s flower, the sepal, and so I was calling this Morphoid Sepal, before I had even an inkling of what a Morphoid was.

News: 1930′s Footage Found!

This is footage that we think was filmed sometime in the 30’s…. a friend passed it along to me. She thought it was likely a forgery, like an image of the Ogopogo, because there are no other records of any encounter with a creature like this. We are sure it is a Morphoid- the skin texture is much too distinctive to be discounted.  We have no idea if this creature still exists, how many of them there are or were, where it lived or what it ate.

There are actually three parts to this footage.  I’ll post the other two segments in the next couple of days.

Meet the Morphoids: Cephalopodia

 

This is Cephalopodia.  It has a similar form to an underwater creature, like a fish, or possibly a squid, but he lives on land.  At least, we think he’s alive, and we found him on land.

Meet the Morphoids: Bovinae

 

Bovinae

Meet Bovinae.

Bovinae is another Morphoid we really don’t know much about.  He does not have a traditional limb structure, but seems to move by throwing his weight around, in a sort of waddle.

Meet the Morphoids: Bacteriophages

Meet the Bacteriophages!

Well, the ones we managed to catch, anyway.  These little guys (only about 14″ long) hatched out of the pods we had been watching in the woods.  These guys move very quickly, and seem to be a herd animal – I can’t get one on it’s own to get a better look at it.  While they do vary a bit in size and shape, in general, all of the bacteriophages seem to be consistently part of a larger whole.  These guys seem to rally around the larger beings in their group…. could they possibly have a hierarchy, or a structured society like that of bees?

Meet the Morphoids: Scarabaeidae

 

Meet Scarabaeidae, who we don’t know too much about.  This Morphoid is really not a very social creature.  He likes to keep to himself, and his main defense mechanism is to stand perfectly still when he feels something is looking at him.

Meet the Morphoids: Foraminifera

News: Large Pods Found Growing in Local Trees

An unusual discovery: Large mysterious pods found in trees in Calgary area may be incubators, or strange new type of fruit or seed. Photo: Jennifer Akkermans

DAVE JOHNSON Calgary News

Founder and Chief Researcher of the IMR, Jennifer Akkermans, has reported discovering these on a field trip into Fish Creek Park (Calgary, Alberta), Monday afternoon.  They appear to be large pods, hanging from the trees.

Akkermans says, “I’ve actually been watching these for a couple of weeks now.  They have grown substantially; they are now probably four or five times the size they were when I first saw them.  They’ve also changed color, shape and texture- when I first saw them, they were about the size, shape and color of a Bartlett pear.  Though I am not a botanist, I do know that the climate here in Calgary is not ideal for pears, and so they did catch my attention.”

Akkermans had been watching them grow for a couple of weeks before they had started to develop the signature “peeling skin” texture that the Morphoids she studies are famous for.  ”When I saw that they were developing the classic Morphoid skin, I knew they were Morphoids.  These are different than most Morphoids, however, because they do not seem to be animal, unless they are in a hibernation or cocoon state.”  Akkermans will not give out the exact location of these unusual pods, as she does not want them to be disturbed by the public.

Are they indeed cocoons, or hibernating animals, or are they possibly some new kind of Morphoid vegetation?

Time will tell.

Meet the Morphoids: Radiolaria

 

These we haven’t officially named yet, but I’ve been calling them Radiolaria, after a similarly shaped organism Ernst Haeckle discovered and studied in the early 1900’s. These are really curious creatures, in that they seem to be more active inside of themselves.  We am not sure if they are in a state of hibernation or possibly metamorphosis.

Meet The Morphoids: Gynoecium

Meet the Morphoids: Pteropod

 

Meet Pteropod.  Pteropod is a very friendly creature.  Despite her prickly texture (which all the Morphoids share) she is quite a cuddly creature.  Her long limbs are quite flexible and seem to caress whatever she is grasping.

We think Pteropod is a female, though we have no concrete evidence for this.  We think she may be a female through her behaviour and  interactions, although this may only be an indicator of personality.  Pteropod seems to show a nurturing tendency towards us and the other creatures in her vicinity.