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

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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.
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 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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