Okay, I love this video clip. It shows your typical Marlin fishing trip with some white guy executive strapped into a luxurious chair while two boat operators do all the real work. Then, a giant Marlin leaps into the boat and almost stabs one of the deck hands in the leg.
This deck hand must know a thing or two about Marlins because he’s like – “Marlin in boat? I outta here!” Without a second thought he is overboard.
I have to say, after watching the video a few times, the real hero in all this is the deck hand that doesn’t jump out of the boat. Not only does he get the sloth like white guy out of the chair, but he also gets his friend out of the water at the same time.
I don’t know what happened after that since the video stops – but I assume that Marlin gets a few knocks in the head while the fisherman and the crew knock back a few beers and recant their epic day of fishing.
Scientists working in the Amazon basin have discovered a new Monkey species they have named (rather poorly if you ask me) the Caqueta titi monkey. This new species, Callicebus caquetensis, is one of about 20 species of titi monkey, which all live in the Amazon basin. The babies have an endearing trait, “When they feel very content they purr towards each other,” explained scientist Thomas Defler.
There is no word on what the parents do when they feel content. Maybe they head over to Starbucks for a ‘Double Latte.”
This new species of piranha, Tometes camunani, can span 20 inches wide and weigh up to 9 pounds, and is strictly herbivorous. The freshwater fish inhabits rocky rapids associated with seedlings of plants that grow among the rocks, its main source of food. Tometes is described from the upper drainages of the Trombetas River basin, Para, Brazilian Amazon.
I sure hope they work this one into future piranha movies. You could make it so all the bad kids get eaten the carnivorous piranha but the good girl in the crowd is saved because she falls in water and is surrounded by vegan piranha. How funny would that be?
Here we go again. Just last week I was reporting on how scientists are studying birds and bees to learn how to build more accurate drone aircraft. Now, it seems scientists are designing a more accurate radar system based on dolphins.
It’s a little technical, but basically, scientists learned that Dolphins often blow “bubble nets” around schools of fish to help them hunt. These nets force fish to cluster together, and then the Dolphins use a double ping sonar to distinguish the fish from the bubbles.
Using the Dolphins as their inspiration, the scientists developed a double hit system of their own called twin introverted pulse radar (TWIPR). It is able to distinguish true “targets” from “clutter.”
The new system is said to be a great improvement in radar technology with both civilian and military applications. On the civilian side, the technology will be a great aide to finding victims in collapsed buildings or other rubble. On the military side it will be a great help in locating hidden surveillance and explosive devices.
It just goes to show you – it’s hard to improve on mother nature.
Here’s the video about drone technology getting its inspiration from birds and bees
Every since Youtube and Facebook have come on the scene it seems people are doing crazier things everyday. But hey, it’s hard to get anybody’s attention out there in social media land, so ya gotta do what you gotta do, right? People are swimming with giant anaconda snakes, hang gliding into volcano’s, crashing cars on purpose – all in the name of “Hey look at me!”
One of the crazier daredevil activities I have seen lately is shark riding. These are a very small group of people who like to go out and hang onto giant sharks and take a ride. They say it is to help raise awareness to the plight of the poor shark who has been vilified in books, movies, and TV.
Hey, I am all for the conservation of the natural world and all the creatures that live in it, but there is something too Instagram about this. It’s the “selfie” photo taken to the extreme where the line between showboating and real conservation seems to get blurry. There are no scientific studies that can point to anything definitive about my theory, so I guess for the time being I’ll just have to put up with it and pin it on Pinterest.
I KNOW THIS ONE IS FAKE! YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL ME. but it represents a whole genre of people photoshopping the crazy antics instead of just going out and really doing it.
Hey, when I see a shark I head for shore like pronto! Wouldn’t you? Probably. But this surfer girl named Erica was out surfing with her Gopro camera strapped on the front of the board and shooting some video of her lovely self. When she saw a big shark, she didn’t high tail it for the sand. She grabbed her Gopro and start chasing the shark to get some good Youtube Video.
Ms. Henderson was surfing at El Porto Beach in southern California last week when she spotted the dorsal fin of a shark just feet away.
‘I reached for my camera, stuck it in the water and started paddling towards the shark in hopes to get it on film,’ Ms. Henderson tells Yahoo!
Ms. Henderson captured footage of the animal just a few feet below her as she floated on her board. The shark appears unfazed and swims away as Ms. Henderson recorded its movements.
“I would guess that the shark was at least seven feet in size,” she said.
Many species of insects and spiders engage in homosexual behavior, like courting, mounting, and trying to mate with members of the same sex. But it is unclear what role evolution plays in this curious situation. Like heterosexual behavior, it takes time and energy and can be dangerous — and it lacks the potential payoff of procreation.
Now Dr. Inon Scharf of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Zoology and Dr. Oliver Martin of ETH Zurich have found that homosexual behavior in bugs is probably accidental in most cases. In the rush to produce offspring, bugs do not take much time to inspect their mates’ gender, potentially leading to same-sex mating. The study, a comprehensive review of research on insects and spiders, was published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.
“Insects and spiders mate quick and dirty,” Dr. Scharf observes. “The cost of taking the time to identify the gender of mates or the cost of hesitation appears to be greater than the cost of making some mistakes.”
Friends without benefits
In birds and mammals, homosexual behavior has been shown to have evolutionary benefits. It provides “practice” for young adults and maintains alliances within groups. Scientists have recently tried to find explanations for similar behavior in insects, suggesting it could serve to prepare for heterosexual courtship, dispose of old sperm, discourage predators, and distract competitors.
A five- to six-foot-long alligator wandered to the front door of an Apopka Walmart just before midnight Sunday.
Employees had to close off one side of the entrance because the alligator decided to rest against the side of the door, the station reported.
Police responded to the scene to make sure shoppers were safe, but the alligator wandered back into a pond behind the store after about an hour.
“The problem was a bit serious,” said patrolman Nick Conners with a wink. “The employees could barely tell the difference between the gator and the actual people who shop there – so we had to warn them about the one that bites.”