A TV news channel in Melbourne, Florida USA is broadcasting a picture taken by one of it’s viewers that claims to show a bobcat attacking a shark. The viewer, John Baily, said he witnessed it himself and claims it is real!
But is it?
Bailey said he noticed the bobcat staring into the water at a shark close to the shoreline. The bobcat leaped into the surf and bit down on the 4 to 5-foot shark, dragged it out of the water onto the beach. The bobcat then ran off with its soon-to-be dinner into the woods.
The television station showed the fish to Florida Fish and Wildlife officials to see if it was real or a hoax.
F.W.C. officials agreed, they believe it is authentic and have no reason to believe it is not real.
David Hitzig, director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, rescues and rehabilitates Florida bobcats. Hitzig said the incident captured on camera is a real possibility. He said Florida bobcats frequently hunt along local beaches to catch crabs and other animals all the time.
Another bpbcat at the beach shows they do frequesnt the shore.
A closer inspection of the photo by billschannel experts reveals no signs of fakery by photoshop or anything else, so I’m calling this picture….
HUGE THANKS TO Jacob Smith and Mandy Sonnier, for sending me this picture!
Hey speaking of Real or Fake “animal on animal” attacks. Here is one I researched a while back. It is said to show a mule killing a mountain lion. Check it out!
This photo has gone viral on the internet. But is it really a dragon?
Photos of a white dragon have been flying into my inbox this week. The story that usually comes with the photos is that it was shot and killed in somebody’s house in Malaysia or China. So what the heck is going on here? Is it possible that dragons are running around in this world? Or are we all being subjected to yet another internet hoax.
To make this brief becuase I know your time doesn’t allow you to linger… the answer is HOAX.
What we are looking at is a sculpture – the pictures of which have been published thanks to an internet site in Malaysia. There are no details to go with the picture, but as you can see, it is the same creature from the photos.
White Dragon under construction. Source Unknown.
This reminds me of the Mermaid Hoax along the same lines. You can check out my report on that one… right here.
Publsihed report of Winged Spider. Publication unknown
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.