Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hikers walk across frozen lake with crystal clear ice

Hikers walk across frozen lake with crystal clear ice

Tomas Nunuk and a friend were hiking through the High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia when they detoured to a nearby lake because of the snow conditions.

What they discovered was pretty amazing.

The lake was frozen over and the ice was crystal clear. So clear, in fact, that it looked like the hikers were floating on air.

Nunuk took video of the spectacle and posted it on YouTube:

“Nature never ceases to amaze,” Jim Goldstein wrote on the post.

“If this is real, then where are the frozen fishes?” Check & Mate wrote, sarcastically.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Shark jumps out of water during surfing contest in Australia

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A shark jumps out of the water during a surfing contest. Photo by Step Bellamy 

Story originally appeared on GrindTV Outdoor

A woman using the camera on her smartphone captured the moment a shark jumped out of the water in the middle of a surfing competition Sunday in Coffs Harbour, Australia. Steph Bellamy described it to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as her “Oh my God” moment.

“I took a shot, but as I stood up there was a splash and I thought, 'What was that?' and hit the button to take another photograph,” she told ABC News. “Then I heard the judges say, 'Wow, what was that?' and I expanded the shot out so I could have a look and it was as plain as day. … It was a shark, and quite a large one.

“When everyone saw my photo they said, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, it’s not a dolphin, it’s not a tuna, it’s actually a shark.’”

After looking at the photo, contest officials from the Coffs Harbour Boardriders Club immediately called in to shore the mothers and kids who were participating in a special heat.

Fifteen minutes later, the surfing contest resumed without incident, the Associated Press reported

Bellamy said the shark actually jumped out of the water twice and it was “pot luck” that she captured the shark’s second jump. She believes the shark was chasing some sort of fish.

“He certainly wasn’t after any of the mums, that’s for sure, which is a good thing,” Bellamy told ABC News.

Swimmers described the shark as black with a white belly and estimated it was about 8-feet long. A shark expert told AP it was probably a spinner shark, common in the region and known to jump out of the water.

“Nobody was rattled,” Bellamy told AP. “Everybody was really cool and blown away that I got the shot.”

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Peregrine falcon parts flock of ducks like the Red Sea

Peregrine falcon
Peregrine falcon flies into a flock of pintail ducks and scatters them like the Red Sea.
Story originally appeared at GrindTV Outdoor

Peregrine falcons, the fastest-flying birds in the world, can dive at 200 mph. That speed, coupled with a pair of strong, sharp talons, makes it rather easy for them to catch ducks or songbirds in midair.

A flock of pintail ducks seemingly made it even easier for one particular peregrine falcon at the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge in the Sacramento Valley in north-central California.

Cindy Sandoval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region captured the moment the falcon began diving into the flock, attempting to catch a meal. Feathers were flying everywhere:


The ducks scrambled into the water on both sides of the berm, parting like the Red Sea and leaving a cloud of feathers behind.

Meanwhile, the larger white-fronted geese in the foreground wondered what all the commotion was about. The bigger birds stayed their ground, apparently not too concerned about becoming a meal for the raptor.

It isn’t known if the peregrine falcon succeeded in its hunt, but we have to assume it did eventually get its prey, based on the sheer numbers of pintail ducks at the refuge.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Two deer tangled in same rope rescued by clever Texas game warden

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Texas game warden came up with a clever way to free these two bucks.
Story originally appeared at GrindTV Outdoor

 A Texas game warden came to the rescue of two bucks that were trapped in an unusual way—both deer had their antlers tangled in the same nylon rope and were pulling against each other around the pole of a clothesline in the backyard of someone’s house.

 The unidentified Texas game warden in Comal County used a clever strategy to free the animals, which were thrashing about with their survival in jeopardy:


The Texas game warden strategically drove his vehicle up to the clothesline pole, climbed atop the hood of his vehicle “so I don’t get gored,” and reached down and cut the nylon rope to set the two bucks free. The deer then ran off no worse for wear.

 “Nice job warden,” wrote one commenter on the Texas Parks and Wildlife YouTube channel.

 “Above and beyond! Good job,” wrote another.


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Grizzly bear photo confirmed with video that shows the entire episode

Grizzly bear photo taken by Jim Lawrence.
The grizzly bear photo that went viral a few weeks ago, the one that seemingly shows the furry creature looking into a camera about to take a photograph, now has video confirmation from another wildlife photographer who was shooting from the opposite side of where the prized photo was snapped. 

But first, some background, as first reported by GrindTV Outdoor.
A Canadian wildlife photographer attempting to get photos of a grizzly bear fishing for kokanee salmon in a river in the British Columbia Rocky Mountains got far more than he bargained for—in a good way—when the grizzly started toward him. 
Jim Lawrence of Kaslo, B.C., set up his camera on a tripod in an opening in the bush, anticipating that the grizzly would make its way downriver so he could get a photo from across the river.
“I should know better than to guess what a bear is going to do,” Lawrence told GrindTV Outdoor in an email. “He crossed to my side and scrambled up the bank, at which point I dashed back to the truck for another camera [with a shorter lens]. 
“They say intelligent species are curious and the big bear was no exception. He approached the camera cautiously, sniffing deeply, then stood up for a closer inspection. For the longest time he studied the screen and buttons; then, with a huge long-nailed paw, gently tugged on the strap. The weight of the long lens caused the camera to pivot quickly upward, startling the big fellow, at which point he kind of shrugged and went back [to] fishing.”
The other side of the story about the grizzly bear photo surface this week via another wildlife photographer. Heidi Henke, shooting on the opposite side of Lawrence, captured video of the entire episode and shows how the lucky shot was obtained. It was just like Lawrence described it to GrindTV Outdoor.


“[The video] came out awesome,” Henke told Huffington PostCanada. “It shows the whole thing. It was pretty cool.”

No question.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mullet migration enjoyed by huge tarpon, sharks

Our friends at BlacktipH Fishing have created an incredible video collage of the epic mullet migration along the Florida coast that GrindTVOutdoor highlighted recently. A feeding frenzy was enjoyed by sharks, tarpon, and jacks—and they all had plenty to eat, as you will see:

From BlacktipH:
This is a collection of the highlights we filmed during the 2014 Florida mullet migration. This was filmed from September through November. You can see giant schools of mullet migrating down the beach. Massive tarpon are aggressively feeding and jumping in the schools. Sharks are also mixed in with the tarpon feeding in the schools.

The mullet migration is epic, as you can see.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Photos of Yeti footprints in snow fetch $11,158 at Christie's

Yeti footprints in the snow, or alleged Yeti footprints 
Photo credit: Christie’s Images LTD. 2014
Story originally appeared on GrindTV Outdoor 
The existence of Yeti, also called the Abominable Snowman, remains shrouded in mystery, much like Bigfoot, but there is at least one serious believer out there among the skeptics.
That believer just paid $11,158 for four photos from a 1951 Mount Everest expedition that purport to be Yeti footprints made in the snow in the Menlung Basin.
The photographs taken by Eric Earle Shipton were part of a 15-day online auction by the famed London auction house Christie’s. The photos were entitled “The Abominable Snowman” and were among the items in the “Out of the Ordinary: the Online Edit” auction, which ended a few days ago.
A representative from Christie’s told GrindTV Outdoor in an email Monday that the winning bid was £6,875. The photos were expected to fetch between $4,800 and $8,100 USD.

Climber stands next to alleged Yeti footprints in the snow
Photo credit: Christie’s Images LTD. 2014
Shipton took a photo of the alleged Yeti footprint next to a booted foot and then another next to an ice axe to give an idea of the footprint’s size. He took two other photos showing a series of alleged Yeti footprints next to human prints and with a rucksack beside them.
The footprints measure between 12 and 13 inches.
On the back of the photo of the boot with the Yeti footprint is this inscription from Tom Bourdillon, who was on the expedition: “Dear Mick. Here are the footprint photos: sorry for the delay. We came across them on a high pass on the Nepal-Tibet watershed during the 1951 Everest expedition. They seemed to have come over a secondary pass at about 19,500 ft, down to 19,000 ft where we first saw them, and then went on down the glacier. We followed them for the better part of a mile. What it is, I don’t know, but I am quite clear that it is no animal known to live in the Himalaya, & that it is big. Compare the depths to which it & Mike Ward (no featherweight) have broken into the snow. Yours, Tom Bourdillon.”
Ward, in a paper called “Everest 1951: the footprints attributed to the Yeti—myth and reality,” described the day the footprints were discovered.
Ward, Shipton, and Sen Tensing were descending from Menlung at about 16,000 to 17,000 feet when they “came across a whole series of footprints in the snow.”
Ward continued: “The print was nearly twice as broad as my boot (3 to 4 inches) and had clear-cut edges in the crystalline snow on a base of firm snow ice. There was the definite imprint of a big toe that was broader and shorter than the other rather indistinct toes, of which there seemed to be four or five. We followed these tracks for some way down the easy glacier and noticed that whenever a narrow 6-inch-wide crevasse was crossed there seemed to be claw marks in the snow at the end of the toe imprints. … Two days later we were joined by Murray and Bourdillon, who, after visiting the Nangpa La … had followed our route into the Menlung Basin. All tracks had been deformed by the sun and wind.”

A booted foot next to alleged Yeti footprint in snow. 
Photo credit: Christie’s Images LTD. 2014
Not surprisingly, the photos have been scrutinized by paranormal investigators, scholars, and skeptics, all debating their authenticity.
These photos were taken 25 years after Royal Geographic Society photographer N.A. Tombazi claimed to have made the first European sighting of Yeti during an expedition to the Sikkim Himalaya, according to the Lot notes from Christie’s.
In 1952, a year before becoming the first to successfully climb Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary was with two other climbers when one of them stopped and picked something off the rock. They became excited.
“I asked them what it was all about,” Hillary said, according to “Hillary, High Adventure,” 1955, page 103. “They placed in my hand a tuft of long black hairs—thick and coarse, they looked more like bristles than anything else. ‘Yeti, Sahib! Yeti!’
“I couldn’t help being impressed by their conviction, and it did seem a strange place to find some hair. We were well over 19,000 feet and the Abominable Snowman was obviously no mean rock climber.”
The photos and accompanying evidence of the existence of Yeti might be compelling but, obviously, aren’t nearly enough to say conclusively, though the anonymous winning bidder of the auction might disagree.
Actually, this wasn’t the first time these photos have been sold, according to U.K. MailOnline. They sold at auction in London in 2007 for £3,500 or $5,680 USD.
So there are at least two people that seriously believe in the existence of Yeti.

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