Seara (sea rabbit) and Dr. Takeshi Yamada attended the opening reception of their art exhibition at Pop Up Gallery in New York City on February 7, 2013. (A promotional event for the AMC new cable television series, IMMORTALIZED.) 20130207AMC 140P==XZ

Seara (sea rabbit) and Dr. Takeshi Yamada attended the opening reception of their art exhibition "Immortal Love: Pop Up Experience" at Pop Up Gallery in New York City (Manhattan, New York) on February 7, 2013. The mini fashion show by Cesar Galindo was also held on the occasion at the gallery. It was a promotional event for the AMC new cable television series, IMMORTALIZED.

Shown in the background is a rogue taxidermy dragon on display at the Pop Up Gallery in Manhattan, New York on February 7, 2013.

Dr. Takeshi Yamada was an “Immortalizer” of Immortalized, the AMC cable television’s new original unscripted television series about competitive taxidermy. Season 1 was aired in 2013. Yamada was featured in episodes 3 and 8 (season finale), and won both competitions. Also, Yamada won the Grand Champion Immortalizer for his highest scores. Seara (sea rabbit) was also featured with Dr. Yamada for these episodes.

Dr. Takeshi Yamada’s 15 rogue taxidermy artworks/monsters (dragons and space alien skulls) were also displayed among other artists’ taxidermy artworks at the Pop Up Gallery in Manhattan, New York for promoting the television series. Seara (sea rabbit) and Dr. Takeshi Yamada attended the opening reception of this history-making fine art exhibition. They also visited there for additional several days during the show.

www.flickr.com/photos/takeshiyamadaimmortalized/

www.flickr.com/photos/yamadaimmortalized2

vpcpartners.com/case_study/amc-pop-up-experience/

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AMC’s unscripted series brings viewers into the captivating and provocative world of creative and competitive taxidermy. Immortalized explores the passionate detail and artistic expression that goes into creating this compelling art. Each episode will feature one of four highly regarded "Immortalizers" facing off against a "Challenger" in a competition. Their task is to create a piece to be judged on three criteria: originality, craftsmanship and interpretation of the designated theme. Whether the artists are known for their classic or rogue creations, each week they will work to perfect this centuries-old art form in an unprecedented battle.

Immortalized centers on the art and craft of taxidermy. The hides used in the artists’ work were procured through a variety of ways, all of which are in strict accordance with the law.

Immortalized airs Thursdays at 10/9c, as part of AMC Real Original Thursdays. (2013)

www.amctv.com/shows/immortalized

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The Sea Rabbit (Monafluffchus americanus) of Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York – This unique sea-dwelling rabbit, which is actually a close relative of the sea lion, was officially discovered and investigated by Henry Hudson when he first visited this land to colonize the area by order of the Dutch government. It was named New Amsterdam — today’s New York City. This island was named after he saw the beach covered with strange swimming wild rabbits. The word “Coney Island” means “wild rabbit island” in Dutch (originally Conyne Eylandt, or Konijneneiland in modern Dutch spelling). Sea rabbits were also referred mermaid rabbit, merrabbit, rabbit fish or seal rabbit in the natural history documents in the 17th century. The current conservation status, or risk of extinction, of the sea rabbit is Extinct in the Wild.

This website features two species of sea rabbits, which have been taken care of by Dr. Takeshi Yamada (山田武司) at the Coney Island Sea Rabbit Repopulation Center, which is a part of the Marine biology department of the Coney Island University in Brooklyn, New York. They are – Coney Island Sea Rabbit (Monafluffchus americanus) called “Seara” and Coney Island Tiger-striped Sea Rabbit (Monafluffchus konjinicus) called “Stripes”.

The photographs and videos featured in this website chronicle adventures of the Coney Island sea rabbits and the world as seen by them. This article also documented efforts of Dr. Takeshi Yamada for bringing back the nearly extinct sea rabbits to Coney Island in the City of New York and beyond. Dr. Yamada produced a series of public lectures, workshops, original public live interactive fine art performances and fine art exhibitions about sea rabbits at a variety of occasions and institutions in the City of New York and beyond. Dr. Yamada is an internationally active educator, book author, wildlife conservationist and high profile artist, who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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Sea Rabbit

Other Common Names: Coney Island Sea Rabbit, Beach Rabbit, Seal Rabbit, mer-rabbit, merrabbit, Atlantic Sea Rabbit.

Latin Name: Monafluffchus americanus

Origin: Atlantic coast of the United States

Description of the specimen: In the early 17th century’s European fur craze drove the fleet of Dutch ships to the eastern costal area of America. Then Holland was the center of the world just like the Italy was in the previous century. New York City was once called New Amsterdam when Dutch merchants landed and established colonies. Among them, Henry Hudson is probably the most recognized individual in the history of New York City today. “This small island is inhabited by two major creatures which we do not have in our homeland. The one creature is a large arthropod made of three body segments: the frontal segment resembles a horseshoe, the middle segment resembles a spiny crab and its tail resembles a sharp sword. Although they gather beaches here in great numbers, they are not edible due to their extremely offensive odor. Another creature which is abundant here, has the head of wild rabbit. This animal of great swimming ability has frontal legs resemble the webbed feet of a duck. The bottom half of the body resembles that of a seal. This docile rabbit of the sea is easy to catch as it does not fear people. The larger male sea rabbits control harems of 20 to 25 females. The meat of the sea rabbit is very tender and tasty.” This is what Hadson wrote in his personal journal in 1609 about the horseshoe crab and the sea rabbit in today’s Coney Island area of Brooklyn, New York. Sadly, just like the Dodo bird and the Thylacine, the sea rabbit was driven to extinction by the European settlers’ greed. When Dutch merchants and traders arrived here, sea rabbits were one of the first animals they hunted down to bring their furs to homeland to satisfy the fur craze of the time. To increase the shipment volume of furs of sea rabbit and beavers from New Amsterdam, Dutch merchants also started using wampum (beads made of special clam shells) as the first official currency of this country.

At the North Eastern shores of the United States, two species of sea rabbits were commonly found. They are Coney Island Sea Rabbit (Monafluffchus americanus) and Coney Island Tiger-striped Sea Rabbit (Monafluffchus konjinicus). Sadly, due to their over harvesting in the previous centuries, their conservation status became “Extinct in the Wild” (ET) in the Red List Endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Currently, these sea rabbits are only found at breeding centers at selected zoos and universities such as Coney Island Aquarium and Coney Island University in Brooklyn, New York. The one shown in this photograph was named "Seara" and has been cared by Dr. Takeshi Yamada at Coney Island University.

The sea rabbit is one of the families of the Pinniped order. Pinnipeds (from Latin penna = flat and pes/pedis = foot) are sea-mammals: they are homeothermic (i.e having high and regulated inner temperature), lung-breathing (i.e dependant on atmospheric oxygen) animals having come back to semi aquatic life. As soon as they arrive ashore, females are caught by the nearest adult male. Males can maintain harems of about 20 females on average. Several hours to several days after arriving ashore, pregnant females give birth to eight to ten pups with a dark brown fur. As soon as birth occurs, the mother’s special smell and calls help her pups bond specifically to her. The mother stays ashore with her pup for about one week during which the pup gains weight. During the first week spent with her newborn, the mother becomes receptive. She will be impregnated by the bull, which control the harem. Implantation of the embryo will occur 3 months later, in March-April. During the reproductive period, the best males copulate with several tens females. To do so, males have to stay ashore without feeding in order to keep their territory and their harem. In mid-January, when the last females have been fecundated, males leave at sea to feed. Some of them will come back later in March-April for the moult. The other ones will stay at sea and will come back on Coney Island only in next November. After fecundation, the mother goes at sea for her first meal. At sea, mothers feed on clams, crabs, shrimps, fish (herring, anchovy, Pollock, capelin etc.) and squids. When she is back, the mother recovers her pups at the beach she left them. Suckling occurs after auditive and olfactory recognition had occured. In March-April, the dark brown fur is totally replaced by an adult-like light brownish grey fur during the moult that lasts 1-2 months. This new fur is composed by 2 layers. Externally, the guard fur is composed by flat hairs that recover themselves when wet. By doing so, they make a water-proof barrier for the under fur. The underfur retains air when the seal is dry. Because of isolating properties of the air, the underfur is the insulating system of the fur. In March-April, the fur of adults is partially replaced. First reproduction occurs at 1-yr old in females. Males are physiologically matures at 1 year old but socially matures at +2 years old.

NOTE: The name of Coney Island is commonly thought to be derived from the Dutch Konijn Eylandt or Rabbit Island as apparently the 17th century European settlers noted many rabbits running amuck on the island.

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Reference: Dr. Takeshi Yamada was an “Immortalizer” on Immortalized, the AMC cable television’s new original unscripted television series about competitive taxidermy. Season 1 was aired in 2013. Yamada was featured in episodes 3 and 8 (season finale), and won both competitions. Also, Yamada won the Grand Champion Immortalizer for his highest scores.

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FoD-OptXgk
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=4msQyZqOrOY&NR=1&feature=…
www.gothic.net/immortalized-amc-taxidermy/immortalizer-ta…
www.gothic.net/immortalized-amc-taxidermy/immortalized-co…
www.gothic.net/immortalized-amc-taxidermy/
www.gothic.net/immortalized-amc-taxidermy/immortalized-co…
www.gothic.net/immortalized-episode-3-the-odyssey/
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idownloadg.eu/tag/size-matters/
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tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/immortalized/EP01671667?aid=zap2it
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kittenlounge.onsugar.com/Trendy-Thursdays-NYFW-FW2013-AMC…
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thefanatics.net/immortalized-encores-begin-this-thursday-…
www.sideshowworld.com/9-FT-SSW/2013/TY-Im-1.html
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vpcpartners.com/case_study/amc-pop-up-experience/

delishows.com/immortalized-season-1-episode-3-the-odyssey…
www.free-tv-video-online.me/player/sockshare.php?id=4B056…!

Reference (newspaper articles and reviews):
karlshuker.blogspot.com/2011/06/giant-sea-serpents-and-ch…
www.cvltnation.com/god-of-freakstakeshi-yamada/
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704828104576021750…
www.villagevoice.com/2006-11-07/nyc-life/the-stuffing-dre…
amusingthezillion.com/2011/12/08/takeshi-yamadas-jersey-d…
amusingthezillion.com/2010/12/07/art-of-the-day-freak-tax…
amusingthezillion.com/2010/10/27/oct-29-at-coney-island-l…
amusingthezillion.com/2010/09/18/photo-of-the-day-takeshi…
amusingthezillion.com/2009/11/07/thru-dec-31-at-coney-isl…
4strange.blogspot.com/2009/02/ten-of-takeshi-yamada-colle…
www.flickr.com/photos/museumofworldwonders/5440224421/siz…
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spexyandheknowsit.tumblr.com/post/42840993672/spexy-guy-d…
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Reference (fine art websites):
www.roguetaxidermy.com/members_detail.php?id=528
www.brooklynartproject.com/photo/photo/listForContributor…
www.bsagarts.org/member-listing/takeshi-yamada/
www.horseshoecrab.org/poem/feature/takeshi.html
www.artfagcity.com/2012/09/06/recommended-go-brooklyn-stu…
www.pinterest.com/AGutierrezLM/takeshi-yamada-a-rogue-tax…

Reference (flickr):
www.flickr.com/photos/yamadaimmortalized2/
www.flickr.com/photos/takeshiyamadaimmortalized/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit021/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit20

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit19

www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit18/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit17/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit16/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit15/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit14/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit13
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit12
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit11
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit10
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit9/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit8/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit7
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit6
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit5/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit4/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit2/
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit1/
www.flickr.com/photos/museumofworldwonders3/
www.flickr.com/photos/museumofworldwonders2
www.flickr.com/photos/museumofworldwonders/
www.flickr.com/photos/takeshiyamadapaintings/

Reference (other videos):
www.youtube.com/watch?v=otSh91iC3C4
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhIR-lz1Mrs
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BttREu63Ksg

Reference (videos featuring sea rabbits and Dr. Takeshi Yamada):
www.amctv.com/immortalized/videos/who-is-takeshi-yamada-i…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ek-GsW9ay0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJK04yQUX2o&feature=related
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrCCxV5S-EE
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0QnW26dQKg&feature=related
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpVCqEjFXk0
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NlcIZTFIj8&feature=fvw
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UPzGvwq57g
s87.beta.photobucket.com/user/katiecavell/media/NYC%2008/…
www.animalnewyork.com/2012/what-are-you-doing-tonight-con…
animalnewyork.com/2013/new-taxidermy-reality-show-to-star…
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www.ign.com/videos/2013/01/29/immortalized-meet-takeshi-y…
superforest.org/2010/11/takeshi-yamada-rogue-taxidermist/

Reference (sea rabbit artifacts)
www.wondersandmarvels.com/2012/06/coney-island-sea-rabbit…
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5417188428/in/photostream
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5417189548/in/photostream
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5416579163/in/photostream
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5417191794/in/photostream
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5417192426/in/photostream
www.flickr.com/photos/searabbit3/5417192938/in/photostream
www.thewheelhousereview.com/2012/07/18/person-of-interest…
crappytaxidermy.com/page/25
amusingthezillion.com/2013/04/01/sea-rabbits-swim-ashore-…
brooklynbased.com/blog/2012/04/13/sea-rabbits-and-other-c…

(updated January 27, 2014) FD

For any questions, please contact Dr. Takeshi Yamada. His email address is posted in the description of the photo in the chapter page (the last page or the first page).

Posted by searabbit021 on 2014-02-08 12:34:06

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