Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tiger shark pushed away by ‘Shark Whisperer’ in dangerous encounter

Tiger sharks are among the most dangerous of sharks, known for their unprovoked attacks throughout the world. They are the leading attack species around the Hawaiian Islands.

So when you’re swimming with tiger sharks, you do so at your own risk, as noted big-wave surfer Mark Healey has done quite a few times. So many times, in fact, he’s known as the Shark Whisperer.

His latest encounter shows a tiger shark coming dangerously close, promptly Healey to reach out and brazenly push the tiger shark away. We presume this is filmed off the waters of Hawaii since he is a North Shore waterman.

Mark Healey might be the Shark Whisperer, but if he’s not careful, one of these days he’ll become Shark Bait. 

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Humpback whale gives underwater photographer a head slap

Underwater photographer Chris Coates was diving at his favorite spearfishing spot in waters off the eastern coast of Africa when a humpback whale and its calf started swimming right at him.

Coates called it the craziest thing he's seen out while diving, and captured the "scary" moment on video. Watch as the humpback whale swims right at him as he attempts to tell it to go the other way: 

Perhaps the humpback whale was attempting to give Coates a high-five and failed miserably.

“But I must admit, I got quite a shock when it swam right up at me,” Coates told Mike Skogmo, according to GrindTV Outdoor. “At one stage it was only one foot away, and even though I know that they generally don’t hurt people, it’s so big and strong, it is still scary.”

And fun at the same time. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

12-year-old scooter rider belies his age with amazing tricks

Eli Hunter of Australia got on his scooter and did some amazing tricks for filmmaker Matty Rogers of Demo Productions. One might think this is just another scooter video, but when you watch Eli, remember this: He’s only 12 years old! Some of the more experienced scooter riders can’t pull off the stuff Eli can. Watch the lad from Cairns, Queensland, and see what he’s learned after four years on his scooter:

As Rogers said on his YouTube post: “Get this guy some sponsors.”

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Killer whale surprises fishermen, steals halibut from fishing line

We’ve seen sea lions snatch hooked salmon, yellowtail and rockfish that fishermen are fighting, taking an easy meal they didn’t have to struggle to chase down. But we’ve never seen or head about a killer whale going after a halibut at the end of the line, until GrindTV Outdoor introduced this post. Watch as an orca gives the anglers the surprise of their lives (warning: an expletive at beginning of video):

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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