WINGED SPIDER DISCOVERY – REAL OR FAKE?


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A winged spider? That’s a new one. It was sent in by billschannel viewer Mr. ZombZomb 115 with a familiar question I hear a lot around here. Is this real or fake? Well, Mr Zombzomb, spiders are only very, very distantly related to any animals possessing wings — but apparently belief in the existence of such a winged spider has spread across the internet as the result of that image you sent me. Is the spider real? No — it’s a fake.

The photo is essentially just a doctored image of a spider — with wings added, and done up to look like it’s an article in an old, faded newspaper clipping. Here is the photo the hoax was based on. Look Ma, no wings!

Undoctored picture of spider used to make the hoax


Undoctored photo of common fishing spider (Dolomedes sp) Image Credit: Snopes.com

As was reported in Planetsave, “Arachnids (and hence spiders) separated from their relatively close relatives the insects several hundred million years ago — well before wings and flight first developed in insect species. The only way then that there could be a winged spider is if wings evolved completely independently in spiders — in which case there would likely be many species of winged spiders, and they would be very known. Perhaps more important than any of that though is the fact that the ecological niches that almost all spiders fill would have no use of flight — most spider species are extremely successful ambush predators which rely on traps, deception, and complex strategies, to catch their prey, there wouldn’t be much purpose to the addition of wings.”

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SNAKE BREAKS INTO THIFT SHOP

Giant Python found in Australian Thift Shop

When Billschannel viewer Kelvin Ayala sent me this picture, he asked if it was real or fake. Together we did a little research and it turns out to be real. According to a number of reliable new sites, this is a 19 Foot (5.7 Meter) Python that fell through the roof one night at a thrift shop in Queensland, Northeastern Australia.

Owners of the store came in the morning to find a hole in the ceiling and floor covered in vomit, but no snake. They called the police who investigated it as a burglary, but later a shop worker spotted the snake hiding along a wall.

Police now suspect the python entered the store through the roof, which was damaged in a cyclone two years ago.

The animal then plummeted through the ceiling, knocking over dishes, clothes and other items, before relieving itself on the floor. It somehow managed to hide from officials until discovered later by staff.

A local snake catcher was called in to capture the reptile, which has been relocated to nearby wetlands.

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WORLD’S BIGGEST TORTOISE SCULPTURE

W'eel Turtle is the biggest tortoise sculpture in the world

It’s called W’eel Turtle and was built by George Gottbrecht from North Dakota. It’s built from over 2000 discarded automobile wheel rims. It stands Eighteen Feet High (or 6 and a half meters) and about 40 feet ( or 12 meters) long.

Convinced that one day he”ll find a proper use for them, George Gottbrecht saved around 2,000 car wheel rims, over 16 years. In 1982 he had a vision of how to turn his impressive collection into an artwork that the whole town would admire. He decided to build a giant turtle statue, in honor of the famous Turtle Mountains state park.

The sculpture put this small North Dakota town on the map

Some people have mistaken it for a cricket so Mr. Gottbrecht installed a motor to make the turtle head bob up and down. Unfortunately, kids started trying to climb up and ride the bobbing head so the motor was permanently halted.

Some people conquer moutains - others big tortoises

The best time to visit the W’eel Turtle, in Dunseith, is during the winter holidays, when its head is covered with a giant, red Santa Claus hat.

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GIANT CROCODILE FROM ZIMBABWE

Giant Crocodile Killed For Eating Cows in Zimabawe

If you are like me you’ve probably seen some pictures of big crocodiles before… but this one really stood out. This was sent to me by Billschannel viewer Gluck Pech from Germany! Gluck says this picture was shot in Africa and what he wants to know is… is it real or is it fake? and if this is the biggest crocodile in the world.

I did some looking around, and the picture can be found all over the internet And many of them claim it is the biggest crocodile in the world. but what’s the real story here? Check out my video to get the truth about this picture.

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SHARK BITES INTERNET CABEL – VIETNAM SCHOOL KIDS GET HOMEWORK VACATION

Viet Nam recently had 93 million frustrated internet users after a shark bit into an undersea fiber optic cable. The resulting network blackouts or slow-downs caused frustration among home users and businesses alike. One group that did not seem to upset were the millions of students who had the best excuse ever for why they didn’t finish their report papers.

School kids get homework vacation thanks to Shark Biting giant Internet Cable

A spokesman for Google Figer, which has over 100,000 miles of fiber optic cable cross the pacific ocean, recently told a newspaper that Google was going to reinforce their cable so sharks can’t bite through it.

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HOW TO CATCH PIRANHA WITHOUT A FISHING ROD

Piranhas are not loved by anglers as they are often stealing bait, wrecking good leads, and keeping other species from coming out to eat. But if you really want to catch one, as many Brazilians do, there is a really way to do it! Watch how this woman uses Animal intestines to grab her prey. Just make sure you have good balance and don’t fall in the water!

Speaking of fishing for Piranha, here is a video I made with Amazon Angler Steve Townson chasing down the Amazon’s biggest piranha – The Black Piranha

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AMAZING ELEPHANT FACEOFF WITH SHARK

Elephant swimming in Ocean Encounters Shark

Billschannel viewer Judy Labrona sent these pictures to me on my Facebook page (facebook.com/billschannel) Judy says she took the pictures herself while she was on vacation in Sri lanka.

Judy writes “ I went snorkeling and came across a guy taking his elephant for a swim. I started taking some pictures and then – out of the blue – this shark showed up!”

“The good thing was the shark was so fascinated with the elephant I don’t think he even noticed me.”

As it turns out, the shark eventually swam off and the elephant headed back to shore. There wasn’t a scratch on either creature. (It must have been love at first sight).

Elephant and Shark come face to face during the endounter

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If you have any weird or interesting wildlife pictures send them to me at biilschannel@gmail.com or facebook.com/billschannel

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GIANT CRAB SPOTTED ON GOOGLE MAPS

Supposed Giant Crab spotted on Google Maps.

This giant crab is said to be on google maps. It’s from Kent Harbour in the U.K. But is it real or is it fake? Well, if you go to Google maps and there is no Kent Harbour, other than one in Indiana, USA, that might be your first indication that something is wrong.

Close up view of the "giant crab" supposedly captured by Google Maps

But then when you find the same picture on Bing Maps without the crab, there is a certain word that comes to mind – Photoshop.

This is the image used to create the hoax

The story originated on a small website called Weird Whitstable website.

In reality, the largest crab in the world comes from Japan and is known as the spider crab. The Japanese spider crab has the greatest leg span of any arthropod, reaching 3.8 metres (12 ft) from claw to claw. Here is a video about the biggest crabs in the world.

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MAN SPENDS $450 TO CURE HIS GOLDFISH OF CONSTIPATION

Wow, talk about constipation, what is that?

People are notorious for loving their pets, but this has to be a new record. A nameless man from England noticed his beloved goldfish could not poop, and did what he had to do to get it some relief. Now, exactly how this man knew his fish was not pooping has not been revealed, but what it does reveal is that he must have been seriously obsessed with the little gold Nemo!

Little Goldfish, now regular again and happy!

He took it to a veterinarian clinic in England, a practice specializing in exotic animals as well as the more usual pets. They discovered that there were a couple of blockages that needed to be removed surgically. The delicate surgery would cost about £300 or about $450. Without the surgery the waste would turn toxic and eventually kill the fish.

The actual surgery was fairly simple, and lasted about 50 minutes. Thankfully, the fish responded very well, and is recovering comfortably. But seriously, this man could have certainly used a little home remedy before spending all that money, don’t you think? A little X-lax in the fish food would have saved him lots of money – but then this really isn’t a story about economics. It’s a story about love and we all know what the world needs now!

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PIRANHA ATTACK SWIMMERS IN ARGENTINA

At least 23 people have been attacked by a species of piranha known locally as the palometa while swimming in a river in northeastern Argentina.

To prevent more injuries, authorities in the town of Garupa have closed the municipal beach.

Ten palometa attacks were reported in Garupa during the first few days of December.

Victims include a 20-year-old woman who suffered a deep bite on her right foot.

Last year, there were reports of more than 70 people injured by palometas.

Bathers in other parts of Argentina have to watch out for sting-rays, while scorpions also become a hazard as temperatures rise.

Here’s a video I shot in Brazil about the biggest Piranha in the Amazon. Check it out. I’m sure you will like it.

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