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Hey Paul, you're going to need a bigger Anaconda if you want to get eaten

Ok, I always knew wild man Paul Rosolie was nuts, but this new stunt is insane. Rosolie plans to wear a custom-made ‘snake-proof’ suit and then let himself be ‘eaten alive’ by an anaconda – all for a new show on Discovery Channel.

The show is called Eaten Alive and it will air in early December. Rosolie, who is a wildlife filmmaker, has been described as a cross between Steve Irwin and Bear Grylis. But this might show he also has a bit of Houdini too!

Currently the details about the stunt are scarce, but the promotional page on Discovery’s website simply says says: “Naturalist and wildlife filmmaker Paul Rosolie enters the belly of an anaconda in a custom-built snake-proof suit.”

Paul Rosolie with an anaconda working out the menu :)

Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn out to be another Discovery “click bait” experience like the Mermaid show. But if it is real, there is one huge question that remains unanswered – how will Rosolie survive the incredible crushing power the anaconda will bring to bear on him before it tries to eat him. Under normal circumstances, an anaconda will kill it’s prey by squeezing it to death before attempting to swallow it. Obviously, the snake can feel a heart beat and won’t attempt to eat Rosolie before his heart stops.

But hey, it’s TV right… I guess we will just have to wait and see. In the meantime, check out these Anaconda videos from my Youtube Channel.

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Loggerhead turles not only eat crabs, but play with them too!

Marmaris, Turkey – In all my travels I have seen hundreds of sea turtles. I’ve even swam with a few, but I’ve never actually understood how playful they can be.

That I discovered on a recent trip to Turkey.

Our boat at anchor near Turtle Beach, Turkey

We were sailing along the Agean coast of Turkey and decided to do a little sightseeing at a place called Turtle Beach. We heard there were a lot of Loggerhead turtles there.

In a lagoon behind the beach were some crab fishermen, who sell blue crabs to people passing through (kinda like us!).

We were looking at some of the crabs when I noticed one of the guys had a crab on the end of a fishing line and was using it to attract sea turtles.

The turtles were definitely loggerheads. They have very strong jaws and love to use those jaws to crush crabs for a nice meal.

But was he trying to catch the sea turtles, or just give them treat? I didn’t know.

The crab man could see how intently I was watching this so he offered the line to me. But as soon as I took over the line, the turtles went away! They wouldn’t even come close.

It was actually kind of embarrassing. (In the video below you can watch my embarrassment in living color)

Finally, I gave up and handed the guy back his fishing line. But as soon as I did that, the turtles came back.

And this made we wonder, what the hell was really going on here?

On a hunch I pulled out my Gopro underwater camera, and stuck it in the water (also in the video).

I could see the turtles come up and get their powerful jaws onto the crabs, but then for unknown reasons they would just let them go.

I’m not a scientist, but I think it’s pretty obvious what was really going on here. These sea turtles and crab fisherman, who obviously know each other well, are just enjoying themselves like kids at the beach. They’re are just playing to have a good time.

Amazing! Who would have guessed that man and turtle could develop a relationship like that.

And that my friends brings me to the question of the day. Do you think there are other wild creatures (other than dolphins) in the ocean that like to play with humans? If so, let me know which ones by popping over to my youtube channel and joining the discussion there. Just CLICK HERE NOW

Bill taking a swim in the exellent waters of the Agean

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New Jersey Educator took this picture with her Gopro! Now that is going pro!

National Geographic Professional photographers and wildlife video journalists spend years trying to get a picture like this… But this epic capture of a great white in your face was captured by Amanda Brewer, an elementry school teacher from New Jersey. She spend the summer a volunteer for an organization called White Shark Africa.

“I wasn’t even a little bit frightened,” she said. “When you’re there and you’re in their presence, it’s not scary. They’re beautiful and graceful, and you can see how intelligent they are.”

Brewer sanpped the picture with her Gopro (which has no viewfinder) and didn’t realize the shot she got until she downloaded it later on her computer.

“I bought the camera right before I left for the trip, and had no expectations at all,” she said. “It was the perfect moment, and the camera is so easy to use and takes such magnificent photos.”

According to news reports, Brewer has framed the picture and placed it on the wall in her classroom. “It’s a motivation for them to see that image, and be excited by it, and to realize that they could do that too, if they wanted.”

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Filomeno Patacsil c. 1957

The only man to ever ride a living tiger shark like a horse, was Hawaiian fisherman Filomeno Patacsil. This picture first published in 1957 shows Filameno riding an 800 lb. tiger shark that was stuck in his net as he tries to set it free. There is no information on whether he succeeded.

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Elissa Sursara

26-year old Australian Elissa Sursara is a bit of eco-celebrity down under. Not only is she a National Geographic 2014 emerging explorers finalist, but she is a very vocal advocate for saving sharks – especially in Western Australia. But as of last week, Elissa can also add herself to the list of people who have been attacked by a shark.

“I saw a flash of grey in the water and then I felt a bit of pressure on my torso – that’s when I realised I had been bitten,” she told a news reporter in Australia. It happened off the coast of North Queensland in Australia on September 19, 2013

Shark Bite Marks on the body of Elissa Sursara

Elissa responded as anyone would. As soon as she felt the shark’s bite, she began defending herself. “As quick as I could, I just thrashed (and started) punching what was biting me.”

Luckily, the shark quickly released Ms.Sursara and she was able to get help. She spent a week in the hospital recovering from the attack, but oddly, Elissa does not hold a grudge against the shark. In fact she says she feels “privileged” to have been bitten by one. She still thinks sharks are amazing and has gone back to swimming in the ocean again.

Elissa with Sea Shepard Whale Activist Paul Watson

Why Elissa did not publicly reveal her shark attack for nearly a year has not been discussed. But I think it probably has to do with the fact that she was a vocal opponent of Western Australia’s shark mitigation program. In this program, the Gov was killing off sharks as a means to reducing shark attacks on humans. I did a video story on this not long ago and you can watch the video below.

But just last week, it appears the Government has lost it’s battle to continue the shark culling program. It has announced it’s cancellation which Elissa is no doubt very happy about. She can now reveal her shark attack story without it being used by the Western Australian Government as propaganda to support their program.


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A young killer whale is trapped in a fisherman’s net. A pod of distressed whales cries out frantically as the youngster struggles to get free. Sightseers aboard a whale-watching boat that arrives to help are stunned at what they see.

“It’s a very rare thing,” said Nicole Mackay, co-owner of Port McNeill-based Mackay Whale Watching. “I never want to see it again.”

While she was out on on the water with customers near Port Hardy Thursday morning, a fisherman radioed Comox coast guard asking for help because a whale had become entangled in his net.

The captain of Mackay’s boat realized they were very close to the fisherman’s location, and they went to assist. They didn’t know what to expect, but something they had heard just minutes earlier gave a clue.

“We had the hydrophone underwater and they were sounding very frantic — their calls weren’t their typical calls,” Mackay said.

The fisherman, whom Mackay described as elderly, knew his nets and was working as quickly as he could to free the young whale.When they arrived a few minutes later, they saw that a young orca had become caught up in a fisherman’s net off the side of his boat, and the pod was in a panic. Several members huddled nearby and a number were “spyhopping,” bobbing their heads out of the water, which orcas sometimes do to get a better look at boats.

“Watching all this happen was really quite terrifying, especially when the young one went under for about 12 minutes, because typically they hold their breath for about five.” she said.

At that point, the watchers weren’t sure the orca, which Mackay identified as seven-year-old I103, was still alive. What made matters worse was that the other family members, which Mackay had pinpointed as pod I15, went underwater to stay with the young orca.

It was still breathing.The fisherman, who had let out his net, deftly reeled it back in to draw the young killer whale back up to the surface, Mackay said.

“It was a huge relief,” Mackay said.

In the end, the fisherman cut through part of his net and freed the whale.

Researchers who were in the area arrived and kept an eye on on the whale for several hours to make sure it was OK. It appeared to be fine and swam off with the pod.

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Forget about Shark Week on Discovery Channel, a group of young fisherman in Florida recorded a huge Goliath Grouper eating a shark in one bite. Maybe it’s time for “Grouper Week.”

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A viewer on my Youtube Channel who goes by the name Big Mac wants to know what the smallest snake in the world is. BillsChannel research associate Filip Lax looked into to this question and came back with the barbados threadsnake.
The average length of adults is approximately 10 cm, (4 inches).

The Barbados threadsnake is a species of blind threadsnake. It is the smallest snake species currently known to exist. The only place it is known to exist is on the Island of Barbados.

The snake was first described and identified as a separate species in 2008 by S. Blair Hedges, a biologist from Pennsylvania State University. Hedges is said to have named the new species of snake in honor of his wife, Carla Ann Hass. That is a bit of a mystery to me since the name of the snake does not include a single part of his wife’s name. Perhaps he named it after his wife’s bikini?


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An Australian Fisherman was attacked and killed by the crocodile in front of his wife while they were fishing at the Adelaide River, about 60km east of Darwin, on Monday afternoon.

The 57 year old fisherman was grabbed by the Croc when he got out of his boat to unsnag his fishing line.

Police and rangers scouring the crocodile-infested river by boat on Monday night shot and killed a 4.5m crocodile and the man’s body was recovered later that night.

His wife was treated by paramedics at the scene for shock.

The Adelaide River is well known for its Jumping Croc tours, where boats travel the river and crocodiles jump for meat attached to hooks.

“Michael Jackson was one in a million, and unfortunately being an albino would have been picked on by all the others, its a big pecking order,” said Rob Marchand, owner of Wallaroo Tours, which runs Jumping Croc cruises across the river from where the man was taken.

He told the ABC on Tuesday that the crocodile had been in that part of the river for several years, and that the crocodiles had been fighting a lot recently, jockeying for position and preparing to breed.

He said only the strongest and most aggressive crocodiles reached four metres or longer.

“The croc has only been doing what nature intends it to do, and that’s survive,” Mr Marchand said.

“They know how to do three major things: eat, reproduce and aggression … if you’re not going to look after yourself, you’ll find yourself being eaten.”

Crocodiles shouldn’t be blamed for their natural behaviour, he said, and rejected the suggestion that the Jumping Croc tours were encouraging predatory behaviour on the Adelaide River.

“I’m sure crocs knew how to eat people a long time before we come along,” he said.

The attack is the third this year, after a boy was taken at a billabong at Jabiru in January, and another fisherman was snatched off his boat as he emptied a bucket in a Kakadu River two months ago.

A crocodile was also shot on the Tiwi Islands two weeks ago, suspected to have killed a local man who disappeared and has yet to be found.

But tests on the organic matter found in its stomach haven’t yet produced a conclusive result.

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This conjoined dolphin was found in Turjey

This strange looking creature washed up on the shores of Turkey last week. A teacher was the one who found it on the West Coast of Turkey. Nothing else is known about this conjoined dolphin, but it is estimated that the Simese Twins lived for over a year before dying.

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