Angalifu just before his death

One of the world’s last 6 northern white rhinos has died

Angalifu, one of the world’s last northern white rhinos, died at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park on Sunday.

The rhino, 44, apparently died of old age. The Los Angeles Times reports that he had refused to eat for several days before his death.

The park attempted to breed Angalifu with the park’s other northern white rhino, but the efforts were unsuccessful. The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research has saved some of Angalifu’s semen in case it can one day be used with the remaining northern white rhinos.

The other four remaining animals are at a zoo in the Czech Republic and a preserve in Kenya. Poaching has driven the species to nearly complete extinction. #endextinction #RIP

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It says it is the biggest tortoise in the world, but is it real or is it fake?

This picture has been making the rounds on the internet for awhile now. But I didn’t see it until it was sent to me by @randomguy on Twitter. It shows what looks like a giant Tortoise being hauled on the back of a large truck. But is this real? Or is it Fake.


It didn’t take a lot of research to figure out the picture is really a photo of a prop being used in a movie. It is a Japanese movie fantasy called “Gamera the Brave.”

According to the film’s promotional material it is about a young boy who finds an unusual egg, from which a baby turtle hatches. The boy, Toru, raises the creature, quickly realizing it as remarkable in that it hovers and breathes fire. The creature quickly outgrows the house, is relocated by Toru and his friends to maintain secrecy, and then disappears.

Giant Turtle Movie Prop from Gamera The Brave as it outgrows the boy's house

On the movie set with smaller version of the turtle

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Claimed 18 Foot alligator Found at Florida Construction Site

A photograph purportedly showing an 18 Foot alligator caught by a construction crew in Florida has surfaced on the Internet. But with the current record for largest alligator being only 14.5 feet, is it possible that this 18 footer really exists? I’m no expert in these matters, so I’ll quote reptile expert Dr. Adam Britton’s examination from his website

Dr. Britton writes, “First, we have to assume the photograph is genuine – not always a valid assumption! Image manipulation is easy to hide, especially in a compressed JPEG photo, but let’s give it the benefit of the doubt.

The best way to estimate his size is to compare tail length (which is mostly perpendicular to the photographer) and another known length. Let’s take the guy standing behind him. Let’s assume this guy is around 5 ft 8 inches tall – a fairly average height. The vertical red bar on the photo is my estimate of his total height (remember his lower legs are obscured by the gator’s tail). What I’ve done is copied the bar and rotated it by 90 degrees, then moved it above the tail. Therefore, using this guy’s estimated height we can estimate the alligator’s tail length, which we know is approximately half of the total length.

As you can see, the length of the tail is around 7 to 7.5 feet in length. I won’t argue the details. Double the tail length and we get 14 to 15 feet in length… maybe even slightly more (I’m being deliberately conservative). Not bad at all! Assuming the photograph is genuine, this is an impressively big alligator – one of the largest I’ve seen – but I think 18 feet is stretching it a little bit far!

UPDATE! I have now received confirmation from a reliable source that the alligator in the photo measured 13.5 feet long. The photograph was taken in Florida.

So, I guess that sinks another outlandish internet hoax. Thanks Dr Britton!

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A wildlife expert who let himself be eaten by an anaconda so he could film INSIDE it has told how he was more scared for the reptile’s safety than his own.

Daredevil naturalist Paul Rosolie donned a special suit for the stunt, which was filmed in the Amazon in summer and will be aired as part of Eaten Alive.

A cross between Steve Irwin and Johnny Knoxville, he took part in the experiment to raise awareness of the snake’s habitat, which is blighted by gold-mining.

Rosolie, 30, was so confident of the carbon fibre suit’s design, he insists he was more worried about the giant snake being harmed than getting into difficulty himself.

The show will air on Discovery Channel in the United States in December 6th as part of megaweek!

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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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