Scientists have taken their first look into the previously unexplored New Hebrides deep-sea trench in the Pacific Ocean. At the bottom of the trench — a depth of more than 23,000 feet (7,000 meters) — they found a surprising group of creatures, unlike those found in other deep trenches around the world.

The expedition was carried out by the University of Aberdeen’s Oceanlab team, in association with New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. An unmanned lander fitted with cameras descended into the trench between the islands of New Caledonia and Vanuatu off Australia’s eastern coast.

Scientists have taken their first look into the previously unexplored New Hebrides deep-sea trench in the Pacific Ocean. At the bottom of the trench — a depth of more than 23,000 feet (7,000 meters) — they found a surprising group of creatures, unlike those found in other deep trenches around the world.

The expedition was carried out by the University of Aberdeen’s Oceanlab team, in association with New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. An unmanned lander fitted with cameras descended into the trench between the islands of New Caledonia and Vanuatu off Australia’s eastern coast.


Dr. Alan Jamieson, who worked on the University’s Oceanlab team, described the unexpected findings. “The surprising thing was that there was a complete and utter lack of one of the most common deep sea fish we would expect to see. Anywhere else around the Pacific Rim, around the trenches we’ve looked at, you see a lot of grenadiers — they are quite a conspicuous part of the deep-sea community. But when we went to the New Hebrides trench, we didn’t see a single one.” Also missing were snail fish, small, pink creatures with large heads, often found in deep-sea trenches.

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A woman on a whale-watching excursion off the coast of Mexico learned the power of a whale’s tail firsthand when it slapped her in the face.

The whale was thrashing in the water when the boat got too close to the whale, causing the wild animal’s giant and powerful tail to go right in her face.

The woman was identified only as Chelsea, a Canadian spending time in Baja California, Mexico, as part of the Live Different Academy, a gap-year program that encourages volunteer work.

A group of academy participants were on a short trip to Guerrero Negro in Baja California Sur last weekend when the incident occurred.

“We were sitting in the boat, taking pictures and videos of the whales, when one of the whale’s tails came up and smacked Chelsea in the head,” another participant, Jason, told ABC News by email.

“Luckily, Chelsea was not seriously injured,” he wrote. “She just has some bruising on her head and shoulder.”

Another participant, Taylor, captured the surprise slap on video and posted it to YouTube to share with the group’s family and friends.

The startling moment quickly went viral, something Jason says he and his friends never expected.

“We never expected the video to be seen by so many people so quickly,” Jason wrote. “We just thought that it was a hilarious experience that we wanted to share.”

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A free diver who was dragged to the depths of the ocean by a killer whale has told how he got down to his “last breath” during the terrifying ordeal.

Levi Gavin, 23, was collecting kina and crayfish at Horahora Estuary, 30km east of Whangarei on February 10, when an orca grabbed a catch bag attached to his right arm.

It dragged him beneath the water for more than 40 seconds before a rope connecting him to the bag came undone and he was able to free himself from the death spiral. Remarkably, he escaped injury.

Free Diver Who was grabbed by a killer whale


“As soon as it got me under water, my goggles came off and kept flapping on my face and it just kept going.”

“I went to go open my eyes but all I could see was little white bubbles so I just closed my eyes and tried not to use my energy because then I use up my breath.

“I got to my last breath. I couldn’t really think at the time.”

Gavin popped off his weight belt and floated to the surface before realising his arm was “dead” and he was unable to swim.

“My cousin was about 30m from me and I could hear his flippers from a mile away trying to get out to me because he saw me pop up.

“As soon as he got there, he jumped behind me and lay behind me, held me and kept kicking his flippers to keep buoyant. So that’s when I got my time to rest and just relax and breathe.”

Gavin said they saw a float pop up and then go straight back down again as the orca dragged it away.

The outgoing tide then carried Gavin to the safety of some rocks, where he waited for feeling to return to his arm.

His gear was never retrieved.

A day later, he was taken to the Hospital, where he stayed briefly while doctors determined that he did not have water in his lungs.

There have been more than a dozen deaths and serious injuries from attacks by orcas in captivity, including one depicted in the 2013 documentary Blackfish.

However, experts say attacks by orcas in the wild are rare, and there are no known fatalities.

Whale Rescue co-founder Jo Halliday said orcas were “just like humans” in that they had highly developed brains, were naturally curious about their surroundings and lived in tight social structures.

Fewer than 200 individual killer whales have been recorded as living in the waters around New Zealand.

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A British environmentalist and blogger named George Monbiot is on a tear lately about an image used in a Discovery Channel Documentary to show a huge megalondon shark.

In a series of articles published in England, Mr. Monbiot charges Discovery Channel with abandoning its professional standards. He claims there is no way the picture could be real and offered a prize to anyone who could find the original, un-photoshopped version of the picture.

One of his readers came up with a link to a video that, 1) shows the same image without a shark and 2) was not shot anywhere near Cape Town Africa!

Un photoshopped version of image without shark

LOL Discovery Channel! You have been busted!

To see the video yourself go to and look at the footage about 12 seconds into the video.


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A camera-shy 8-foot-long octopus took two scuba divers by surprise when it latched onto their camera as they filmed what they initially thought was a large rock, resulting in an epic tug-of-war

David Malvestuto, 34, and Warren Murray, 56, were diving in Bluefish Cove off the coast of Carmel, Calif., earlier this month when a Pacific octopus lunged out at Murray, wrapping its arms around his underwater camera.

“I wasn’t too worried. Generally they are not too interested in people. They’ll just take off,” Murray said.

Murray said his only concern was that the octopus could break his fingers while tussling for the camera, but it backed away after the flash went off.



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This crocodile must have been pretty hungry. After some fishermen snagged a good sized shark and pulled it up on a beach, the crock made a dash out of the water to see if he could steal the prize

Before the croc managed to make a meal out of the shark, the group’s guide stepped forward and whacked him on the head with a fish hook.

Defeated, the croc returned to the water.

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Can you imagine driving along a road in the Everglades and suddenly seeing an 18 Foot Burmese Python in your way?  Yikes. That is what happened to some engineers as they were on a levee inspection on Tuesday.

The snake, measuring at 18 feet 2 inches, fell short of the state record by 6 inches, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The pythons, which can grow to more than 20 feet in their native habitat in Southeast Asia, are one of the most problematic invaders of Florida’s sprawling Everglades wetlands.

“These snakes eat all the local species and their food sources,” a represenative of the Florida Water Management District told a news agency.

They killed the beast they found on Tuesday, and took it’s body to the University of Florida,for study.

The python population is believed to have grown to as many as 150,000 in the Everglades. People often find them on top of Levees where they warm up in the sun.

The source of these snakes, of coarse, are pet owners who grow tired of the snakes,  use the Everglades  as a convenient dumping ground.

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When it comes to speed in the water, there are plenty of fast fish out there. But there is only one king – and that is the sailfish.

Sailfish have been clocked up to 60 MPH / 100KPH

Sailfish have the unofficial record at 60 mph /100 kph!  By contrast the most celebrated human swimmers manage 6-7 mph. Sailfish feed at such high speeds that their brains and eyes can not operate fast enough. So as an adaptation to speed, these fish have evolved heaters in the brains and eyes so they can form and process images fast enough to snap up prey in high velocity sorties.


Average speed: 50 mph

Marlin’s common name is thought to derive from its resemblance to a sailor’s marlinspike. Marlin are incredibly fast swimmers, reaching burst speeds of about 68 mph. Predators include the white shark and shortfin mako.

Marlin are rarely table fare, appearing mostly only in fine gourmet restaurants. The fisherman in Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea was described as having caught an 18-foot (5.5 m) marlin.


Average speed: 48 mph

The wahoo, distributed worldwide in tropical and subtropical waters, has been recorded swimming at speeds of up to 48 mph in short bursts, allowing quick capture of prey. This speed and fighting ability makes them a great challenge in sports fishing circles.

Their growth can be rapid and live up to or more than 5-6 years of age. Their diet is made up of other pelagic fishes, as well as squid. The flesh of the wahoo is white and delicate. Although very favorable for human consumption, little fish tends to be caught for this purpose.

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How did a man lost at sea for a year look like he ate at McDonalds everyday?

It’s a story that almost defies belief: A man leaves Mexico in December 2012 for a day of shark fishing and ends up surviving 13 months on fish, birds and turtles before washing ashore on the remote Marshall Islands thousands of miles (kilometres) away.

But that’s what a man identifying himself as 37-year-old Jose Salvador Alvarenga told the U.S. ambassador in the Marshall Islands and the nation’s officials during a 30-minute meeting Monday before he was taken to a local hospital for monitoring. Alvarenga washed ashore on the tiny atoll of Ebon in the Pacific Ocean last week before being taken to the capital, Majuro, on Monday.

The suspicious thing about this story is the man showed up with long hair but also looking like he has been eating really well. Here’s why some people are claiming he may have survived by becoming a cannibal.

He’s a native of El Salvador but had lived in Mexico for 15 years and fishes for a man he knows as Willie, catching sharks for 25 pesos ($1.90) per pound.

On Dec. 21, 2012, Alvarenga left Mexico in his 23-foot (7-meter) fiberglass boat for a day’s fishing, accompanied by a teen he knew only as Ezekiel, who was between 15 and 18.

A storm blew the fishermen off course, and soon they were lost and adrift.

“He talked about scooping up little fish that swam alongside the boat and eating them raw,” Armbruster said. “He also said he ate birds, and drank birds’ blood.”

After about a month, Ezekiel died, the survivor told officials.

The man who said he lived on turtle blood

Ok, now what makes more sense to you. He drank bird’s blood, or he offed his pal Ezekiel and survived that way??

Gee Bing, the acting secretary of foreign affairs for the Marshall Islands, said he was somewhat skeptical of Alvarenga’s account after meeting with him Monday.

“It does sound like an incredible story, and I’m not sure if I believe his story,” Bing said. “When we saw him, he was not really thin compared to other survivors in the past. I may have some doubts. Once we start communicating with where he’s from, we’ll be able to find out more information.”

There have been other cases of people surviving for months adrift in the Pacific. In a case with similarities, three Mexican shark fishermen in 2006 said they were lost at sea for nine months before being rescued near the Marshall Islands. In 1989, four men survived nearly four months in the Pacific Ocean near New Zealand after their multi-hulled boat capsized.

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This could be you

One place I’ve always wanted to go and never had the the chance is the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. They are located about 600 miles west of  continental Ecuador, of which they are a part.  And, they have some of the best wildlife watching in the world!

The islands are famed for their vast number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.

Now is my chance – and yours too – too win a free trip to the Galapagos! It’s a sweepstakes being held by Chile’s Lan Airlines.  I don’t work for these people and they don’t even know I am talking about them, but I am entering!  The best part about this sweepstakes is that it doesn’t require anybody to vote for you — It’s just a random drawing and the prize is worth about US$14,000 as it includes airfare for two, hotel, tours, and get this, a Canon SLR camera.  Not bad!  It takes about 1 minute to enter but you do have to give up your name and an email address…



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