Friday, July 26, 2019

Burney Falls is a must-see destination in Northern California

Behold, Burney Falls, once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by President Theodore Roosevelt, is a must-see destination for those traveling in Northern California.

Located within McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park in Shasta County, Burney Falls is 129-feet high with a constant flow rate of 379 million liters per day, even in dry summer months.

In December 1954, Burney Falls was declared a National Natural Landmark.

The loop trail around the falls gives the visitor plenty of angles to take in its beauty.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Grizzly bear cruises along at 30 mph

Out of the corner of her eye, an Alaskan woman driving down Rabbit Creek Road in south Anchorage saw a shadow and thought it was a bird until taking a second look.

 “It was a little bit bigger than a bird,” Danika Donnelly told KTUU. In fact, it was a grizzly bear racing alongside her and easily keeping up at 30 mph.


Donnelly, 21, was on her way to work at a drive-thru coffee shop in Anchorage at around 8 o’clock Wednesday morning when the unusual encounter occurred, according to Jared Gilmour of McClathy Newspapers.

 Once she realized it was a bear, “I had to take a video,” she told the Gilmour, because “this was never going to happen again.”

 Black bears are common in the area, but she told Gilmour it was “really uncommon to see such a large bear in a neighborhood like that.” She told KTUU, “It was way too big to be a black bear.”

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To those who have suggested she was harassing the bear by driving next to it, Donnelly told Gilmour she wasn’t honking her horn or doing anything to stress the bear, instead the bear seemed content and was already running beside her when she noticed it.

 “It was doing its own thing,” Donnelly told Gilmour. “It looked right at me. It could have run off into the woods at any point, but it just kept going straight.”

 Until finally veering off into a driveway and who knows where after that. Donnelly posted the video on her Facebook page with this message, which is worth remembering: “For anyone that thinks they can outrun a grizzly…you can’t.”

  Photo is a screen grab from the video. 

Kangaroos make cycling difficult for rider in Australia

A cyclist was riding with some buddies near Prospect Reservoir in Western Sydney, Australia, when confronted by a kangaroo that thought it could jump through him.

“Normally we see kangaroos, but [they] never really come into close contact,” Neil told Cycliq. “This last ride saw two kangaroos panic and turn to change direction, with one launching and landing on my front wheel.”

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Daily Mail Australia reported that the cyclist named Neil had asked his fellow riders to aslow down several times because of possible collisions. He then changed lanes to avoid hitting the animal, which jumped directly at him. Farther along on the ride, another kangaroo crossed his path, prompting him to say, “Oh, not again!”

He avoided a possible collision that time. The rider was not injured, nor were the kangaroos.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fishermen jump for their lives to avoid speeding boat on collision course

Three fishermen had only one way out when a speeding Bayliner on a collision course approached them. Photo: YouTube 

Three salmon fishermen avoided death or serious injury by jumping into the frigid waters of the Columbia River after failing to get the attention of the driver of a speeding boat that was headed their way at high speed.

The frantic moments were caught on a GoPro camera mounted at the front the boat, as reported by The Oregonian.

Hermiston police officer Bryan Maess, seen in the video waving his arms and yelling at the driver of the oncoming Bayliner Trophy motorboat, fellow officer Christopher McMahon and Roni Durham only had one option as the boat zeroed in on them:

The incident occurred over the summer, but the video was just posted online Tuesday, coinciding with the news that Maess had filed a $372,500 lawsuit against the driver of the offending boat--Marlin Lee Larsen. McMahon and Durham plan to also file suit.

Clatsop County sheriff’s deputies accused boat driver Marlin Lee Larsen of several crimes after the 75-year-old told investigators he couldn’t see where he was driving because he was sitting down and the dash of his boat was blocking his view. Larsen said he probably should have been standing, according to the sheriff’s report, which notes Larsen uses a motorized scooter to get around on land. 
Larsen’s son-in-law, who also was on the boat, told investigators that he had warned his father-in-law to pay attention, that he sometimes sees his father-in-law using his cell phone while driving the boat and that his father-in-law had been off-and-on his cell phone the morning of the crash, according to the sheriff’s report. 
The lawsuit, filed earlier this month, claims Larsen was boating while distracted by his cell phone on the morning of the Aug. 12, 2017, when the crash occurred near the mouth of the Columbia at the Pacific Ocean, just east of Fort Stevens State Park. 
Sheriff’s investigators wrote that it was likely Maess and the others would have been seriously injured or killed if they hadn’t jumped into the water.
As it was, the suit says Maess suffered vision problems, headaches and injuries to his ankle, leg and arm from jumping into the water or being struck by debris, and he still wears a knee brace to this day.

The others suffered unspecified injuries including cuts and hypothermia. Durham also suffered psychological trauma.

The Oregonian said that Larsen pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor crimes or reckless operation of a boat, fourth-degree assault and recklessly endangering the lives of others.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Climber freezes, becoming human icicle hanging from edge of rooftop

A well-known and experienced industrial climber was found frozen to death and hanging like an icicle from the edge of a roof in Russia where extreme subzero temperatures were forcing people to remain indoors.

A small girl spotted the grisly scene outside the three-story building in Anzhero-Sudzhensk where overnight temperatures dropped to minus-80-degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Daily Mail and the SiberianTimes.

Yevgeny Tikhonov, 26, who enjoyed his work repairing many tall buildings, was found covered in snow and with icicles hanging from the bottoms of his feet.

The Siberian Times reported that it was believed he had been there for two hours before being discovered. The Daily Mail said there were no indications that the climber took his own life.

The climber lived and worked in Anzhero-Sudzhensk, and had a girlfriend, a female friend said. 
"He loved working as industrial climber and often joked with us that he only came down to sleep," she said. 
Rescuers, police, Russian Guards and the Investigative Committee were called to the site. 
An investigation is underway into the circumstances of his death. 

In the region of Yakutia, Russia, temperatures plunged to minus 88.6 degrees in some areas, according to the Associated Press.

Two men froze to death after their car broke down and they attempted to walk to a nearby farm. Three others survived because they had been wearing warmer clothing.

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Bull shark strikes out against pod of hippos; video

Safari tourists in South Africa were treated to an unexpected confrontation between a bull shark and a pod of hippos that didn’t last very long.

Stacey Farrell of Heritage Tours and Safaris was leading tourists on a hippo and crocodile cruise in an estuary at the ISimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province when the incident occurred.

Obviously the bull shark was overmatched:

Farrell described what happened to Kruger Sightings:

“Since hippos defecate in the water, this draws a lot of fish. If there are a lot of fish, it grabs the attention of the nearby sharks looking for a quick meal.

“This water isn’t very clear, causing visibility to be very low. This made the shark a bit disoriented and it started swimming right into the sharks. This caused the hippos to get angry and start charging the shark.

“Luckily for the shark, it was much faster than the hippos and managed to swim away without serious damage.”

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Actor Rob Lowe encounters great white sharks off California; video

Actor Rob Lowe felt relatively safe and showed no fear while paddleboarding around two great white sharks off Santa Barbara, California, but a shark expert indicated to “Good Morning America” that he might have had a false sense of security.

Lowe, who was captured in video with the sharks by a TMZ film crew last weekend, told the news outlet, “You just can’t believe your eyes. They’re so powerful, and you definitely don’t want to fall in.”

Lowe, who has spent a great deal of time on the water in his lifetime of fishing and surfing, had never seen a great white shark until the encounter last weekend in which he described as a “once in a lifetime” moment.

The two great white sharks were as big or bigger than Lowe’s paddleboard, but the actor had a sense of calm around the apex predators.

“I don’t pretend to be expert on it, but my sense is they’re eating the rays and the skates; they’re not big enough to eat seals so I don’t feel like we’re on the menu for them,” Lowe told TMZ. “They’re tiny as great white sharks go. I wouldn’t be out here if mom were out here.”

Rob Lowe paddling with great white sharks

Dr. Stephen Kajiura, a shark expert from Florida Atlantic University, told “Good Morning America” that the smaller great white sharks feed primarily on fishes and don’t hunt for larger prey “until they’re much bigger and their teeth become big, broad, triangular serrated teeth.”

Still, Kajiura said those who encounter a great white shark should feel lucky (seeing them in nature is like “winning the lottery,” he said) but should get out of the water.

"Just because he's inches above these small sharks doesn't mean that there's not a big one down there as well," Kajiura told GMA.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Feeding a black bear by hand comes with serious consequences

Two men hand feed a black bear rice cakes on Vancouver Island

Back in April, two men fed a black bear rice cakes alongside Highway 4 near Torfino on Vancouver Island and videotaped part of their hijinks, which they put onto social media.

The public outcry was immediate with many Canadians saying a fed bear is a dead bear.

“It is illegal to feed dangerous wildlife because it’s extremely dangerous for both the public and that bear,” Port Alberni conservation officer Daniel Eichstadter told CTV News Vancouver in May. “It may expect food from somebody else who stops and injure somebody that way.

“It’s putting everybody and that animal at risk and the best thing to do is show that animal some respect and give it some space. View it from afar and don’t put other people and that animal at risk.”

Thanks for several tips, the Canadian authorizes managed to track down the two men and this week they faced the consequences of their actions.

The unidentified men were charged with intentionally feeding dangerous wildlife under the BC Wildlife Act and each were fined $345, according to CTV News.

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