Showing posts with label great outdoors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label great outdoors. Show all posts

Friday, March 23, 2012

Tiger shark tries to bite the leg of a scuba diver (video)

 "Let sleeping dogs lie" is always a good credo, especially when those dogs are man-eating tiger sharks swimming around at the bottom of the ocean minding their own business.

But sometimes scuba divers get a case of the "let's test the fates" in order to get close-up video and photographs of dangerous sharks swimming in circles in and around them. Not a good idea.

In this case, one tiger shark decided to swim through the open legs of a scuba diver and then thought about taking a bite out of his leg. The diver quickly pulled his leg away, like pulling a bone away from a hungry dog.

See the near shark bite at the :40 mark in this YouTube video:

This is definitely not recommended.

From GrindTV Outdoor
Shark Diver,  a commercial shark-diving operation that utilizes cages for protection, posted a story this week about the footage in the video. Part of it reads:

"Yes, that is a Tiger on predation, and yes those divers do not have a clue, and yes that was as close as it looked.... At 0.40 that diver was one second away from sending years of conservation work down the tubes."
Take note, scuba divers, and let tiger sharks lie.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Great Outdoors defined by video called 'Missing Hatchet'

Many people have a hard time grasping why others are so enamored with the Great Outdoors.

They don't quite understand that fishing can still be great without catching fish.

They don't appreciate the beauty of a redtail hawk circling above. An osprey swooping down to snatch a trout from the surface of a lake. A bald eagle keeping watch. The warmth and crackling of a campfire. The peace and serenity found in the outdoors.

"Missing Hatchet," a video shot and edited by Nate Ptacek, essentially gives you a definition of the Great Outdoors.  Enjoy:

Here's what Nate wrote about the video:

Shot on location in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Northern Minnesota, September 2011.

The Pagami Creek Fire grew ten times in size on our first day in the park. Although we were some 40 miles away, we could see the plume and received significant smoke and weather from the resulting pyrocumulonimbus formation. Most of the hail, snow, rain, and wind we experienced was not captured in my footage for obvious reasons, but it was some of the strangest weather I've ever seen. On our way out we encountered a number of closed portages and soon realized we had been largely alone in the wilderness for some three days, not realizing the scale to which the fire had grown over the course of the week we were out.
Nice job, Nate. Thanks for sharing a piece of the Great Outdoors.

Thanks Adventure Journal!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Animal Planet: Polar bears featured in 'Spy on the Ice'

Animal Planet photo captured by iceberg-cam.

In the animal kingdom, if one wants to get an intimate look into the lives of wildlife, one needs to go stealth and not many -- if anybody -- does it better than award-winning filmmaker John Downer.

He has brought tigers, leopards and monkeys, among other creatures, right into our living rooms with the same concept that Allen Funt used for his popular '60s TV show:

A hidden camera.

Really, Downer's "Spy" series is a "Candid Camera" of nature, and it's truly amazing what he and his wildlife television production company comes up with. Now, on the heels of "Elephants: Spy in the Herd" and "Tiger: Spy in the Jungle" on Animal Planet comes "Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice."

The episode is Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet.

What's remarkable is how Downer captured the touching and probably never-before-seen actions of polar bear mothers and their cubs in Arctic Norway.

He used a snow-cam (disguised as a clump of snow that can travel across land and ice via 4-wheel drive and tundra wheels), a blizzard-cam (a mobile unit powered by propellers that can travel up to 37 mph) and an iceberg-cam (a small iceberg equipped with an above and below-water camera that can maneuver through the water).

The polar bears did not shy away from these cameras, as you can see above. At times, it even seemed as if one bear was adjusting the camera angle. It's reality TV at its best.

The popular news show "60 Minutes" featured these cameras and Animal Planet's upcoming polar bear episode last Sunday night. If you've got the time, here is that well-worth-watching 13-minute segment:

"Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice" promises to be as revealing on Animal Planet.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Fishing with your mouth is illegal in Pennsylvania

So maybe it is possible to catch
fish in one's mouth!
If you’re going to go fishing in the state of Pennsylvania, you’d better use a fishing rod. Or at least avoid using your mouth, lest you be cited by the game warden.

That’s right, if you catch a fish with your mouth you will be subjected to a $100 fine for “illegal mouth-fishing.”

We’re not kidding!

As we embark on a new year and many states enact new state laws, we take a look at some weird state laws that have been on the books for years and are, to say the least, absurd. on Friday wrote about a recent Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article which focused on the topic, particularly the law in Pennsylvania that is in need of some major tweaking.

It prohibits using your mouth, hands or dynamite to catch fish. Hands? OK, we get that. Mouth? Uh, what we're they thinking? Dynamite? What, you don’t think people would actually use dynamite for fishing? Then check this out.

Emil Svetahor, a law enforcement supervisor who has worked for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission for nearly 30 years, told the Tribune-Review that he has yet to nab anybody for fishing with their mouth.

We know bears have the ability to catch fish in their mouth, but people? Seriously (the above photo notwithstanding)? That is why it's a weird law and in need of disappearing.

According to the story, however, repealing outdated state laws -- many dating to the 1700s -- can be tedious, time-consuming and costly, so they are best left alone.

Oh well, at least the weird laws give plenty of material for guys like Jeff Koon and Andy Powell of They even wrote a book on the topic: “You May Not Tie an Alligator to a Fire Hydrant: 101 Real Dumb Laws.” 

From, other weird laws that people in the great outdoors ought to be aware of, lest they be cited:

  • In Alaska, it is considered an offense to feed alcoholic beverages to a moose.
  • In Arizona, it’s illegal to hunt for camels.
  • In Florida, it’s illegal to skateboard without a license.
  • In Hawaii, all residents may be fined as a result of not owning a boat.
  • In Boise, Idaho, you may not fish on a camel’s back.
  • In Illinois, it is forbidden to fish while sitting on a giraffe’s neck. (At right, a zebra shows the illegal technique.) 
  • In Kansas, no one may catch fish with his bare hands. (OK, not so outdated.)
  • In Ocean City, N.Y., eating while swimming in the ocean is prohibited.
  • In South Carolina, it’s illegal to fish with a yo-yo. (Yeah, good luck figuring that one out.)

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