This will probably be the basis of a new movie where people in New York’s Central Park are being eaten by hungry piranha… A man named Joel Rakower was busted for for smuggling 40,000 piranhas into the United States. Rakower pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn to smuggling the deadly piranhas from 2011 to 2012, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement. The federal Lacey Act combats trafficking in “illegal” wildlife, fish and plants.
Check out my video about the biggest baddest Piranha in the Amazon – The Black Piranha
Piranhas, freshwater fish originating in South American rivers, are described as extremely aggressive and territorial. As a result, 25 states have either banned or regulated piranhas, making them illegal to own or sell.
Rakower agreed to pay more than $70,000 in fines and restitution, and his company will serve a two-year period of probation. Rakower will be sentenced on April 24.
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Endangered fin whale is videotaped via unmanned aircraft off Southern California.
Captain Frank Brennan on Tuesday uploaded a YouTube video showing an endangered fin whale, captured via drone from more than 50 feet above the surface off Dana Point, California.
Brenna with his Drone and GoPro
Brennan practiced flying his quadcopter for weeks before launching it Monday from the 95-foot Dana Pride, and risking flight over the ocean. He said the device was never close to the whale and that he was “lucky” to have captured such clean footage of an estimated 70-foot fin whale as it leisurely stole breaths at the surface.
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A man had the experience of a lifetime when he found himself in Pelorus Sound swimming with orcas.
Will Gerard was visiting family in Pelorus Sound for Christmas and decided to take a swim while out on a fishing trip.
While swimming he spotted what he thought were signs of dolphins and had his family pass him his waterproof camera.
“I’ve always loved filming dolphins following our boat when we’re out fishing, but have always wanted to swim with them. When I saw the dorsal fins and realised it was an orca I was so excited I didn’t have time to be afraid and get out the water,” he said.
“I know you are not supposed to swim with them, but it just happened so quickly and I knew this would be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for me,” Mr Gerard said.
The orcas didn’t seem bothered by his presence so he swam slowly after them and another A man had the experience of a lifetime when he found himself in Pelorus Sound swimming with orcas. large orca approached him.
“I didn’t expect that, there was a calf with the pod and I think the big male came to make sure they were safe.”
Associate professor of zoology at the University of Otago Liz Slooten said that it was normal to see pods of orcas at this time of year. “Orcas have a regular beat they follow and could spend up to months in an area before moving further along the coast on their annual root.
“New Zealand orcas are resident to New Zealand and spend their year travelling up and down the coast, so they will most likely be back around the same time next year.”
Shocked scientists are scratching their heads at the discovery of the new river dolphin species discovered in the Amazon region of the Brazil. It is the first discovery of a new dolphin type there is nearly 100 years.
The discovery of the “Inia araguaiaensis” was officially announced last week in a study posted on line by the Plos One scientific journal.
Biologist Tomas Hrbek works at the Federal University of Amazonas in the city of Manaus and is the lead author of the study. He says the new species is the third found in the Amazon region.
Hrbek said it “it was an unexpected discovery that shows just how incipient our knowledge is of the region’s biodiversity.”
The most famous dolphins in this area are the pink river dolphins that are the basis of many legends in the area. It is often used to explain how some women become mysteriously pregnant with odd looking off-spring.
Pink Dolphin in Amazon
1. It was my friend Bernie just after he woke up from a nap in what he thought was a beautiful unspoiled field in Africa.
2. A drone camera?
ANSWER: It was actually a drone camera. It’s called beetlecam. For more pictures of Lions and the camera rig that got the shot - click here
This harsh winter is so cold it is flash freezing animals in place – especially in Scandinavia. The latest victim is a fox found frozen solid in a lake in southern Sweden.
The animal was discovered by a skater who said she came across the fox in the middle of the lake. “From what I could see the ice had obviously cracked and the fox had fallen through the hole. Unable to get out after scrabbling around it must have tried to swim under the ice in a last-ditch effort to save itself and then probably suffocated.”
The frozen fox follows other animal flash freeze deaths in Scandinavia. In another incident a moose was found frozen in place from what looks like a polar event catching it off guard.
A moose frozen in place after being caughr by a flash freeze
And just before the moose, I posted a picture here of a school of fish that had been frozen by a sudden drop in temperature.
The naysayers of global warming have taken these events as proof that scientists don’t know what they are talking about. Some have even posted pictures of Al Gore with a frozen beard. But Mr. Gore, who is known for his belief in a warming planet, has responded to chuckles coming from the peanut gallery. “Global Warming may not seem to be the best name for what is happening right now,” he said by phone to the New York Times. “A more apt name would be “global climate change.” I think everyone understands the climate is changing.”
The pacific ocean is filled with tall tales of bizarre creatures and discoveries, but this tale has a picture to go with it.
Kiwi fisherman Stewart Fraser found a see through fish about 40 miles off the North Island of New Zealand. He said he didn’t know what it was at first, and was very wary of pulling it into his boat.
“I was in two minds whether to haul it in, but curiosity got the better of me and I decided to take a closer look,” he told a British Newspaper. “It was quite something, and I’d never seen anything like it before.”
As it turns out, the fish is known as a “SALP” and is not that rare. Dennis Gordon who is a New Zealand scientist said salps are found around the world and often in big numbers. While Fraser pulled up a lone salp, Gordon say they have often been found in chains more than 30 feet long.
The salp uses it see through body as a defense mechanism against other creatures that would like to make a meal of them.
In common with other defenseless animals that occupy open water — jellies and hydroids for example — the translucence presumably provides some protection from predation. Being see-through is a pretty good camouflage in water.
MORE STRANGE FISH
If you want to see some other strange fish, check out my video series called “AMAZON RIVER MONSTERS” listed below. My favorite is the Amazon’s biggest baddest Piranha called “The Black Piranha.” It’s got more biting power per weight than any animal on earth!
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The Harpy Eagle, sometimes known as the American Harpy Eagle is the largest and most powerful raptor found in the Americas, and among the largest extant species of eagles in the world. It usually inhabits tropical lowland rainforests in the upper (emergent) canopy layer. Destruction of its natural habitat has seen it vanish from many parts of its former range, and it is nearly extirpated in Central America.
In Brazil, the Harpy Eagle is also known as Royal-Hawk and is a known predator of one of the Amazon’s cutest animals, the sloth. Check out my video on sloths in the Amazon region of brazil and how such a slow moving creature protects itself from Harpy Eagles.
We humans pride ourselves on being the “intelligent creatures” that occupy planet earth. And for the most part, we think of animals as being stupid. But scientists are making increasing numbers of discoveries that animals are a lot smarter than we think. From the little frog pictured above to the squirrel below, it’s not just chimps and dolphins that have some smarts.
Is the squirrel pictured here plotting deception? Perhaps. Researchers recently reported that the rodents put on elaborate shows of deceptive caching to thwart would-be thieves. The behavior increased in a lab experiment after squirrels observed humans stealing their peanuts. The researchers called the finding a sign that squirrels can interpret intentions of others, though it could just be a case of learned behavior. Other studies have shown the critters make three-dimensional maps to recall where they cache their nuts. And squirrels in California will cover their fur in the scent of rattlesnakes to mask their own scent from predators.
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Check out this amazing time-lapse video showing the secret life of corals in the Great Barrier Reef. Using time-lapse photography, Dr Pim Bongaerts from the University of Queensland, found a way to show how the coral moves and grows it’s normally too slow to see.
The video was made at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest living organism. It’s been an area of great interest to divers and oceanographerswith its bright colors and strange lifeforms.
But the movement of life in coral reef moves much too slowly for humans to see what is really going on. That’s why Dr. Pim Bongaerts of University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute has spent the past five years documenting the movement, communication and even violent interactions that living corals engage in.
It is all behaviour that is part of the life cycle of a coral reef, but happens too slowly for us to see.