Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Alligator's stomach contents reveal appetite for sports

A 13-foot alligator, trapped at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island, S.C., was euthanized because it was a nuisance alligator.

Why was it a nuisance alligator? Because it ate everything in sight.

Here’s what trappers found when they opened up the alligator’s stomach:

1 soccer ball.
2 baseballs.
1 tennis ball.
2 unidentifiable balls.
53 fishing lures.
Half pound of lead sinkers.
A 4-foot gator.
18 rocks.
1 beer can.
2 turtles.
And a partridge in a pear tree.*

 * Just kidding about the partridge in a pear tree, though it could've been true.

Mark Carinus, who assists Critter Management with trapping and harvesting nuisance gators, told IslandPacket.com:

"People don't understand that this gator could not be relocated. It would eat any smaller gator. It snapped up the soccer ball at the water's edge and it could easily snatch a dog or a small child."

Actually, it's too bad they had to euthanize the alligator. It would have made a fine addition to the area’s clean-up crew.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

80-year-old woman skydiving nearly falls out of harness (shocking video)

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To celebrate her 80th birthday, Laverne Everett wanted to go skydiving. And then she didn't, as you'll see in the video.

But her tandem skydiver insisted that she did want to jump out of that airplane and skydive.

"Let go of the airplane, Laverne," the tandem skydiver said (or we think that's what he said). "Let go, Laverne! LET GO! LET GO NOW!"

The result was this:

For the video-challenged, what happened was, after basically being forced out of the plane by the tandem skydiver, Laverne Everett nearly fell out of her parachute harness while skydiving.

Let's repeat that. Laverne Everett nearly fell out of her parachute harness while skydiving, this after being very reluctant, at the last minute, to make the jump. The tandem skydiver held on to her for dear life. Of course he did. The videographer appears to want to help but is really helpless.

Fortunately, the tandem skydivers landed safely in a field.

The incident occurred May 2011, but the video was just recently released and is making its viral rounds on the Internet.

It happened at the Parachute Center in Lodi, Calif.

The other day, Laverne Everett talked about her skydiving ordeal to CBS Sacramento. From  CBS 13:
“Once you get on that edge, that’s another story,” said Laverne.

As you watch the video, you see what appears to be Laverne clutching the plane for dear life, but she says her bad knees actually gave out. Then, the instructor behind her grabs her hand.

But looking at the video, it appears that Laverne was being forced out of that plane. She doesn’t see it that way.

“No, I don’t look at it that way,” said Laverne. “He knew how bad I wanted to jump.”

When she did finally jump, something went terribly wrong and Laverne was suddenly dangling in mid-air.

“The upper harness came off, you know. Just slipped down, it was just the lower harness, is all I had.”

Laverne says her shirt flew up against her face so she couldn’t see a thing and didn’t realize exactly what happened until she saw the video for herself.
What Laverne said was very surprising, because it sure didn't look like she was ready to jump from that plane. What isn't surprising is this, from the Huffington Post:
[...] the Parachute Center has had its share of accidents. According to CBS Sacramento, at least eight people have died at the Parachute Center in the last decade, most recently in April.

News10 reports that the facility may have to pay $900,000 in fines to the FAA for incidents unrelated to Everett's. Additionally, News10 also reports that the company is facing at least three civil lawsuits.
Morale to the story: Before you cross skydiving off your bucket list, search for the safest skydiving operation you can find and make sure your tandem skydiver will allow you to change your mind at the last second.
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Kayaker plunges over 189-foot waterfall and survives

Now that's a waterfall. It's Palouse Falls in Washington and it's reported to be, at 189 feet, 17 feet higher than Niagara Falls.

Now, look closely at the top left part of the waterfall in that tiny red circle.That there is a crazy kayaker about to plunge to his death, or one would assume he's about to plunge to his death.

That crazy kayaker is Rafael "Rafa" Ortiz. But no, he didn't plunge to his death going over the waterfall. In fact, he didn't even get a scratch. He did succeed, however, in generating quite a bit of publicity for his stunt, one in which he, apparently, lives for.

Click here if you want to see video of Ortiz kayaking over the waterfall on ABC's "Good Morning, America." 

Here's more of the story from Redbull.com:
Standing an incredible 189 feet (57 metres) tall, the Palouse Falls in the US state of Washington are even higher than the legendary Niagara Falls. Extreme kayaker Rafael Ortiz, of Mexico, recently paid them a visit – and became only the second person ever to paddle over the edge.

For Rafael ‘Rafa’ Ortiz, water has more than just one dimension. The 24-year-old Mexican, who has developed a reputation for spectacular freestyle kayaking adventures, is what you might call a specialist for vertical water. After conquering the Big Banana Waterfall (130ft/40m) in his native Mexico in 2010, Ortiz recently took things to the next level as he set his sights on the world record set three years ago by America’s Tyler Bradt, the only person to have kayaked the infamous Palouse Falls.

Following meticulous preparation work, Ortiz selected the slightly calmer right-hand side of the river for the stunt. “You can steer the kayak with your body a bit for the first 30 or 40 feet, but then the water takes over,” he explained ahead of the attempt.

The impact of hitting the churning white-water at the bottom was so intense that the Mexican was catapulted out of the kayak, meaning that – according to community rules – the jump cannot be officially recognised as equalling [Tyler] Bradt’s world record [established in April 2009]. Nevertheless, the breathtaking feat is yet another highlight in the career of Rafael Ortiz, who is currently on a mission to find and conquer the world’s most spectacular waterfalls.
Ortiz also told RedBull:
One of the more scary moments is when you realise you are ready to go for it, when you see it and you make that mental switch from being all chilled to saying ‘yes, I’m going to run a 190-foot waterfall’. I don’t think I slept well at all before it or immediately after it. It was like five consecutive nights of total restlessness.

[When asked if he was all hyped-up on adrenaline] I guess so, let’s face it, it’s pretty frikkin’ scary, man! It’s pretty far from human limits. You’re not supposed to do these kind of things!
No, you're not.

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Great white shark attacks shark hanging off side of fishing boat (video)

Great white sharks are not shy. So they will readily come to your boat if there is something to eat, such as a freshly caught blue shark tied to the side of your boat.

So if you don't want a great white shark swimming around your boat and eating your freshly caught blue shark, then don't do what these fishermen did off Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.

In a wild and crazy feeding frenzy, an 18-foot great white shark attacked the blue shark hanging from the side of the fishermen's boat. The fishermen got a real kick out of it, oblivious to the dangerous close encounter, which, luckily for us, they videotaped: 

Here's more about the shark attack from The Herald Sun:
The shocked anglers watch on as the great white devours the smaller shark, which had latched on to the fishermen’s line.

At one point it even looks like the fishermen could be pulled from the boat.

Fisherman Henry Minter told news.com.au he’d never witnessed anything like it in his years of fishing the same waters.

"We work and fish on the harbour every day," he said.

"It was on a 32-foot boat so the shark must have been at least 18 feet."

The video shows the fishermen more excited than scared. In a don’t-try-this-at-home moment, the fishermen take turns trying to touch the shark as it lunges towards them.

"We all had turns touching its nose," he said.
Well isn't that nice. They all took turns touching its nose. As the Sun said, definitely a don't-try-this-at-home moment.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Skydiver lands safely without a parachute (video)

Jumping out of an airplane without a parachute isn't the smartest thing to do in the world. Neither is jumping out of a helicopter without a parachute.

But that's what a stuntman from Oxfordshire did in what is being hailed as aviation history: Gary Connery, 42, became the first skydiver in the world to land without the use of a parachute.

And survive.

And you can watch it right here:

Connery jumped from a helicopter a mile above Henley in a wing suit and glided down toward a "runway" of 18,000 cardboard boxes, where he landed.

"It was so comfortable, so soft," Connery said in the YouTube post. "My calculations obviously worked out and I'm glad they did."

His wife Vivian said she was "relieved it's all over."

Until the next stunt, that is.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Swimming cougar attempts to climb into boat; passengers panic (video)

 President Jimmy Carter was once forced to fend off an attacking "killer rabbit" while fishing on a farm pond in a canoe during a presidential vacation.

Carter used a paddle to fight off the rabbit, which wanted to board the canoe.

Quite frankly, that was nothing compared to the encounter by power plant workers who were traveling by boat to Sechelt Inlet northwest of Vancouver, B.C.

They came face to face with a swimming cougar.

One panicked man on board nervously barked out instructions on what to do: "Watch out, he'll jump on the boat. You don't want that. You don't want that! You don't want that!! You don't want that, boys!!!"

Watch and listen for yourself. Here's YouTube video of the encounter with the swimming cougar (Warning: A bit of NSFW language at the end):

As you can see, for whatever reason, the cougar was swimming offshore and trying to board the boat in which the workers were commuting.

They become quite panicked, thinking the cougar would jump into their boat and eat them, or at least do some damage.

If not for a thick window, this lion and this lion would've certainly done some damage. Bottom line, mountain lions aren't friendly.

So if you ever encounter a swimming cougar, watch out, he'll jump on your boat.

And you don't want that! You don't want that!! You don't want that, boys!!!
Thanks to Outdoors Canada!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Barracuda jumps into boat (video), acts as a ballistic missile

The old joke about fishing being so good, the fish were jumping into the boat might be a tired cliche, but in this case, it was no joke.

A 40-pound barracuda launched from out of the depths, like a ballistic missile from a submarine, and landed in the boat where a fishing TV crew was filming a segment off St. Augustine, Fla.

Boy, did they get some footage:

On May 6, Kevin Faver and Brad Deckard were fishing and being filmed for an episode of the fishing show "Tails From The Outdoors Show."

They were bottom fishing when Faver hooked into something large. Suddenly his line went slack and the fishy ballistic missile came flying over his right shoulder and into the boat, causing all sorts of chaos, as you can see in the fishing video.

If you'd like to see the full, five-minute version, which includes the two fishermen talking about a fish story of a lifetime, click here.

Barracuda, wahoo and Asian Carp are all known to jump into boats on occasion. Barracuda and wahoo, with their sharp teeth, have even managed to bite some anglers.

These anglers were lucky. No question their TV fishing episode could've been quite horrifying. As it was, it definitely got their hearts pumping.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Ted Williams baseball bat fishing rod sold at Hunt Auctions for $1,600

An auction of Ted Williams memorablia recently fetched $1,600 for an autographed baseball with a ".406" inscription on it.

An original game bat Ted Williams gave to Boston Red Sox teammate Bobby Doerr commanded an amazing final bid of $46,000.

But the most amazing item among the plagues, baseballs, bats, photos, lithographs, letters, jackets et al. in the Hunt Auction, which raised money to benefit The Jimmy Fund, was an odd-looking baseball bat fishing rod.

The "Unique Ted Williams Louisville Slugger Bonefish Special baseball bat fishing rod" came with a black-and-white photo of Ted Williams the fisherman standing in front of seven bonefish he caught, though probably not with that baseball bat fishing rod.

Here's a description of Lot 501 from Hunt Auctions:
Unique Ted Williams Louisville Slugger "Bonefish Special" baseball bat fishing rod. Full size Louisville Slugger Ted Williams 125 model bat which was custom fashioned for Williams to be a fishing rod with "BONEFISH SPECIAL" titling. The body of the bat features red taped 'rings" which also hold the line eyelets in place with a fly fishing reel at the handle area. Includes a vintage black and white 5"x7" image of Williams posing with a group of bonefish: EX
Estimated Price Range: ($500-$750)
Sold for Price: $1,600.00
The "Bonefish Special" sold for $1,600? How are you even supposed to cast with that thing?

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

World record for largest wave ever surfed is confirmed by Guinness World Records

It’s official. The largest wave ever surfed was the mammoth 78-foot wave Garrett McNamara caught in November 2011 at Nazare, Portugal.

Guinness World Records confirmed it today, May 9, 2012.

Video of that monster wave with McNamara surfing it has been around for awhile, but not until today could it be called a world record for largest wave surfed. Cue the video:

McNamara, 44, is a professional big-wave surfer who is part of the Body Glove International team that travels the world chasing storms and seeking the largest waves to surf.

He’s surfed the big breaks of Waimea in Oahu, Mavericks in Northern California and Todos Santos in Mexico.

For more about the world record, we turn to the Guinness World Records announcement:
His epic ride, which required him to be towed into the wave from a jetski, beats a record set by Mike Parsons at Cortes Bank in southern California, in 2008 by over a foot. [...]

Describing the record breaking wave ride, Garrett said: "It's the most challenging, dangerous wave I've ever surfed - it's the only place in the world in which a giant canyon reaches all the way to the beach".

Among those to congratulate Garrett on his achievement was Jorge Barroso, mayor of the town of Nazaré, who commended the daredevil surfer with a tribute at last week's 2012 Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Award awards ceremony in Anaheim, California.

The mayor said: "It is an honour to bring this title to our waters.. For the strength, bravery and the constant will to improve. Nazaré is a bit like your second home and our population admires you."

The record for largest wave surfed (paddle-in) remains held by Shane Dorian, who managed  to successfully ride a wave measured at measured 57ft (17.4 m) in height without a tow at a break known as 'Jaws' off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, USA in March last year.
An incredible, big-wave surfing feat, no doubt. Congrats, Garrett McNamara. Now, what's next?

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Hunting Bigfoot in Texas is OK; Sasquatch is not happy

Bigfoot was not very happy to hear Texas hunters can hunt him.

They hunt deer in Texas. They hunt pheasant, turkey, dove and quail, too. They even hunt alligators.

Now you can add Bigfoot to the hunting mix.

No, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hasn't added Bigfoot to its hunting regulations. But, as it turns out, Bigfoot is indirectly listed as "nongame" wildlife and would be legal to shoot. Seriously.

What started the "hunting Bigfoot" talk was John Lloyd Scharf, a Sasquatch enthusiast from Oregon who posed a question to the TPWD about hunting unknown creatures in Texas.

TPWD chief of staff Lt. David Sinclair told FoxNews.com he responded with a description of the law, though he claims to have been taken "wildly out of context."

Nevertheless, Texas hunting regulations seem to indicate shooting Bigfoot would be perfectly legal.

From FoxNews.com:
[...The] rules Sinclair cites are clear: It would be legal to shoot Sasquatch.

"Nongame" means wildlife indigenous to Texas that aren't deer, sheep, geese, alligators, or any other animal hunted for food. If the Commission doesn’t specifically list a beast -- and needless to say, Bigfoot doesn’t make the list -- it isn’t protected.

So Bigfoot a Longhorn? Absolutely, said Brian Brown, media coordinator for the Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy.

"We've got hundreds of sightings going back decades. I don't think we'd have any problem proving it's indigenous. We think they're all over the region," Brown told FoxNews.com.

Oregon resident Scharf worried that the policy could be interpreted as "kill it first, ID it after." He thinks it could even lead to premature extinction of the Bigfoot species. [...]  
The real Bigfoot, allegedly.
.Brown argued that killing a Bigfoot is a necessary way to prove its existence.

"Our primary mission is to conserve these animals. They cannot be conserved until they are accepted as fact. They will not be accepted as fact until a type specimen is produced. It's as simple as that," he wrote on the group's website, texasbigfoot.com.
According to the report, Texas has one of the nation's highest incidents of Bigfoot sightings, following Washington, California, Oregon, Ohio and Florida.

Our guess is that Texas hunters will stick to hunting deer and other species they know to exist. After all, who could shoot an animal with a face like that in the above photo?

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Lion in zoo tries to attack toddler dressed as baby zebra (funny video)

 In the wilds of Africa, a zebra makes for a pretty good meal for a lion. So it wasn't surprising to see this bit of animal nature unfold recently at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, though it has a distinct twist.

This caged lion went after a baby zebra lookalike -- a 13-month-old toddler dressed in a black-and-white striped hoodie.

Luckily, there was a thick glass partition between the lion and the toddler/zebra lookalike. Check it out:

As you can see, the lion -- actually a lioness named Kya -- wanted very much to munch the "baby zebra," yet neither the mother, Heather Baltzor, nor her son, Jack, were afraid.

"He [Jack] loves kitties, so he was waving and saying, 'Hi kitty kitty…,'" Baltzor told ABC News. "We weren’t scared at all."

Baltzor explained how it unfolded:

"The lions were just laying far away on their hill and there were other kids up there but when we put Jack up there she immediately got interested and very curious and came over. I think it was definitely the hoodie...

"She must have thought he looked very tasty."

No doubt.

This reminds us of another frustrated lion which couldn't get at its prey. Remember this video that shows a little girl staring down the lion? Great stuff.  

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A 2,000-pound great white shark caught in fishing net

Everybody likes a good great white shark story, as evidenced by the number of Internet searches for the terms "world-record great white shark" and "great white shark."

So for your great white shark enjoyment, here's a story that doesn't quite have the intimidation factor of a Jaws-type encounter but does feature a photo (above) that begs the question, "What if that thing had been swimming around where I had been in the water?"

What if, indeed.

There isn't much drama here; it's more about the size of the dead shark.

According to the Pisces Fleet Sportfishing Blog, this great white shark was caught a couple weeks ago in the fishing net of two commercial fishermen off the coast of Sonora, Mexico. They couldn't get the dead shark into their 22-foot skiff so they towed it to shore.

There, about 50 people helped drag the shark up onto the sand.

The great white shark measured 20-feet long and was an estimated 2,000 pounds, though we believe it could have been much heavier.

Why? Because of the story of the world-record great white shark being captured alive by the National Geographic Channel's "Shark Men."

That shark was 17 feet, 9 inches and weighed an incredible 4,225 pounds. You can see the video here.

That shark was let go, allowing it to be free to continue intimidating divers, surfers, swimmers and sea lions. The shark above?

According to the Pisces Fleet Sportfishing Blog, "not one scrap went to waste; it fed the whole town."

BTW: The IGFA world-record great white shark caught by rod and reel was 2,664 pounds, taken off South Australia in 1959, when it wasn't illegal to catch great white sharks. 

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