Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sea otter slam dunks at Oregon Zoo for health reasons

Look out Blake Griffin. Move aside Terrence Ross. There’s a new NBA slam dunk champion in town and he resides at the Oregon Zoo. It’s Eddie the sea otter, who at the ripe old age of 15 years old has learned to slam dunk a basketball. And it’s all in the name of exercise and taming his arthritic elbows. Watch the incredible story from KPTV: News, Weather

"He's definitely got game," the zoo's Jenny DeGroot told KPTV. "Sea otters have incredible dexterity, so it makes sense Eddie would have this hidden talent. They're famous for using rocks as tools to crack open clams." 
Unfortunately, Eddie's dunking takes place behind the scenes at the zoo, so visitors can't see the Blake Griffin or Terrence Ross of the otter world. But perhaps the zoo will allow Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts a visit to see Eddie dunk; surely he'd be interested. 
Wrote KPTV: "Stotts majored in zoology at the University of Oklahoma." 

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Weatherman passes out on live TV while reporting from stunt plane

If you’ve never seen a TV newsman asleep on the job, then here is your chance. An Australian weatherman was reporting live from the cockpit of a stunt plane when stunt fighter pilot Matt Hall took Grant Denyer on the ride of his life. Check out the funny faces and interrupted speech, and the sudden black out of the weatherman as the plane hits eight G-Forces. Spoiler alert: He lived.

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

One of the world’s largest marlin is caught; a 1,320-pound blue marlin

Angler Kevin Gardner caught the fish of a lifetime last week when fishing off Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, a spot known for producing 1,000-pound blue marlin.

After only a three-hour battle, Gardner landed a 1,320-pound blue marlin, the second-biggest ever taken off Ascension Island. It was also believed to have been the sixth-biggest marlin ever taken by rod and reel.

The IGFA all-tackle world record for Atlantic blue marlin is 1,402 pounds caught off Brazil in 1992. The IGFA all-tackle world record for Pacific blue marlin is 1,376 pounds.

Harmattan skipper Olaf Grimkowski reported on his Facebook page that the fish hit around 1:30 p.m. at the southwest side of the island.  
"In the distance, we saw her lunging and she looked promising," he wrote. 
"After three surface runs she went a bit deeper and for the last 90 minutes Kevin fought her [into the] sunset." 
Gardner got the fish to the boat four times and four times wireman Emil Ruud had to let go of the leader. Finally, after three hours, Ruud, wiring his first marlin, managed to leader the fish, and it was gaffed.  
The scale master reported the fish weighing 1,320 pounds and measuring 149 inches from the tip of the lower jaw to the inner fork of the tale with a girth of 83 inches.  
"We had a pretty slow season until now when it comes to marlin fishing, but it seems to be true that when you have a long hard time, you are saving up for something special," Grimkowski wrote. "Well, we had our special day today."

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