Thursday, November 1, 2012

Two great white sharks caught by fisherman on SoCal pier on same day


Two juvenile great white sharks were caught by a fisherman from the Manhattan Beach Pier near Los Angeles earlier this week. KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles has the intriguing report:



The white sharks were estimated to be 6- and 8-feet long, and because great white sharks are a protected species, the sharks were cut loose when they were reeled to the surface of the water, as were four previous great white sharks that had reportedly been hooked from the same pier since mid-July, according to a report by GrindTV Outdoor.

[Eric] Martin, a marine biologist, said there has been an unusually large abundance of market-sized squid in the area in recent weeks. The squid could be attracting rays, small sharks and other prey items preferred by juvenile white sharks. 
Chris Lowe, who runs the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach, said bat rays are common around piers, and that they prey on squid. There could be more rays, which are a top prey item for juvenile white sharks. 
"It's so weird because I've also seen two swim-bys recently, including one that involved about a 7-footer that ended up about 20 feet from a surfer," Martin said. "The surfer had no idea."
It's long been believed that great white sharks use the Southern California bight as a nursery, so this really shouldn't be that big a surprise. So, it's surfers beware!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Shark with jaws in attack mode becomes incredible photo




A shortfin mako shark can be every bit as dangerous as a great white shark, no question. So when this mako approached underwater photographer Sam Cahir with its jaws wide open, there was good reason to be a bit frightened.

Cahir somehow managed to snap this incredible photo of the mako shark it full “attack” mode off the Neptune Islands, South Australia.

Cahir was taking part in a great white shark tagging trip when the shark circled the boat for two hours. Cahir eased into the water to get photos.

“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” he told the U.K.Daily Mail. “I feel humbled to have witnessed such a display of nature’s quirkiness.”

The mako apparently first scared off a great white shark before turning its attention to Cahir, seeing him as his next threat.

“The mako made some menacing passes,” he said. “On a number of occasions she almost swallowed the camera whole, allowing me to shoot straight down her maw.”

The above photo of the shark’s jaws wide open was no doubt one of those shots.

More from Cahir via the Daily Mail:  
Sam said: 'When I saw the shark I couldn't get in the water fast enough to get some pictures. 
'I couldn't believe what I was seeing up close. This Mako was audacious, bordering manic. 
'At one point I had a Great White and a Mako circling for the tuna bait. The Mako literally browbeat away a Great White and not just any Great White Shark but a very large dominant male maybe six times her mass and twice her size - it was amazing. 
'Once the Great White left, the Mako decided I was the next threat to her free meal. She circled me for around two hours making intimidatingly close passes.'
 The shark eventually left without attacking Cahir after filling up on bait tossed into the water. The result: Awesome mako shark photos. 


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Shark invades New Jersey yard in wake of Hurricane Sandy, maybe




Hurricane Sandy left behind a massive amount of damage, with neighborhoods flooding as never seen before. Something else that’s never been seen before: A shark swimming around the front yard in a flooded neighborhood.

It allegedly happened in Brigantine, N.J., where Kevin McCarty shot off some photos of a shark swimming near his flooded house and posted them on Facebook. They’ve been going viral ever since.

With the ocean so close and the amount of flooding from Hurricane Sandy, there is reason to believe that McCarty didn’t Photoshop the shark into the photos, though some are skeptical and The Atlantic set out to prove those skeptics correct, if Snopes is to be believed.

“This photo is real,” McCarty asserted about the above shark photo on his Facebook page.

“This is a reality, sharks seek harbor in the safety corridors of streets during surges.”

We sure would like to believe him, but Photoshop really can do marvelous things like making fake images of sharks where they aren't supposed to be. Like swimming in a yard. 

Now, the video below, taken of a “shark” on a New York street during the surge from Hurricane Sandy? Uh, yeah, that’s also a fake.

But we did like what one commenter said about the fake shark below: “That’s just a Wall Street trader or a lawyer.”

You know, it very well could’ve been just that.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

BASE jump from high bar on cliff goes terribly wrong (video)


A Norwegian BASE jumper, who also happens to be an accomplished gymnast, combined the two sports by attempting to launch himself off a 3,900-foot cliff using a high bar apparatus.

The result was nearly catastrophic.

After Richard Henriksen completed a full swing around the high bar, the apparatus collapsed, sending him tumbling over the cliff. Fortunately, there’s a happy ending. Watch what happens:




A program manager for a new BBC1 TV series called “Normal Madness” thought the worst when he saw Henriksen fall over the cliff.

“I, and everyone up there in the mountains, I thought he died,” Are Sending Osen was quoted on the Norwegian website nrk.no (and translated elsewhere). 

Another video on the same nrk.no site shows the mishap from a different angle, and it ends with a shot of Henriksen, parachute deployed, safely gliding to the ground.

Henriksen told nrk.no that he hit the side of the cliff with his legs, “but had I met with the head, I had been done.”

“It was a strange moment after I got out the parachute, when I hear that rustling in the metal and chain [from the high bar apparatus], and that the rod passes a few feet away and flying to the ground,” he said via translation.

Not until he watched the video later that night did he realize the gravity of the situation.

“I sat with the two youngest children, reading and singing to them. Then it dawned on me that the atmosphere in the home could have been different than it was that night, and that my children could be without a dad,” Henriksen said.

Near as we can tell through the translation, the show’s producer was initially worried about airing the videos, and wouldn’t have had Henriksen died. Fortunately, he lived and the program went on as planned. 


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Friday, September 28, 2012

Stingray photobombs women in the Cayman Islands; photo goes viral


Photobombing is a popular pastime among Major League Baseball and NBA players, among others, stepping into the background of photos surreptitiously. Bet you've never seen a stingray perform a photobomb. Until now:



Three women vacationing in the Cayman Islands look terrified as the stingray photobombs them, with a little help from the gentleman behind them. They are swimming in an area known as Stingray City, where swimmers feed the rays with squid. 

And where rays terrorize unsuspecting women guests.

The photo, not surprisingly, has gone viral.





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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Brad Pitt spends $400K on odd wedding gift for Angelina Jolie: A shooting range

A date has yet to be revealed for the wedding of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but the tabloids are abuzz about the wedding gift Pitt is bestowing upon his bride-to-be.

The gift? A shooting range and armory for the tidy sum of $400,000.

Well, of course. It's for the bride who has everything.

The Sun in the U.K. reported that "Pitt really hits the bull's eye" when it comes to keeping Jolie happy, inferring the actress is an "adrenalin addict" and could use the shooting range to let off some steam.

The range and armory have been set up on the grounds of the couple's Miraval estate in southern France, The Sun reported. And it comes with people-shaped targets, similar to the ones they shot at while training for the movie "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

Pitt and Jolie did intensive training with assault weapons for the "Smith" movie. You can see them in action on YouTube where you'll find a Mr. & Mrs. Smith Gun School 1 and Gun School 2, where the screengrab below came from.

Anyway, here's more from The Sun on the unusual wedding gift:
A source said: "Brad had a lot to live up with his wedding gift considering Angelina exchanged vials of blood with her ex-husband Billy-Bob Thornton.

"But Ange clearly finds shooting an aphrodisiac. When she and Brad were around weapons on the set of 2005's Mr & Mrs Smith they ended up together.

"And by letting Angelina de-stress at the range, he's less likely to get earache indoors. There's a lot to be said for that when you have six kids."
Uh, let's forget we heard that bit about Ange and what she finds about shooting, shall we?




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Friday, August 31, 2012

A moth that looks like a poodle -- it's the real deal!



If you thought a Photoshopper did one heckuva job turning a moth into a poodle, think again.

This photo of the Venezuelan Poodle Moth is the real deal, and it comes from a collection of photos by Dr. Arthur Anker, NUS, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

He has more incredible photos of odd-looking moths that are worth a look at GrindOutdoor. One has a slight resemblance of Lady Gaga.



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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A phython snake that is actually a cake? But it looks real



At first glance, the photo above looks like a Burmese Python Snake coiled up in the grass. But look closely. It isn't what you think.

The snake is a fake. It's actually a cake! A birthday cake!

No kidding. GrindOutdoor has the details.

A British woman spent 12 hours over three days baking and shaping the scary-looking cake for her daughter's 6th birthday party. The daughter is a reptile lover who wanted a scary-themed party.

But the 25 other guys were hardly afraid. They fought over who would eat the head!

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