NEW FOUR-EYED FISH DISCOVERED

A fish that lives deep under the sea has 4 eyes

IT LOOKS like an alien, but this newly discovered four-eyed fish is baffling scientists after being found in waters off Australia.

With its 360 degree vision, the glasshead barreleye has evolved with extra eyes to help detect prey, potential mates and predators.

It was found by excited researchers at the University of Tubingen’s Institute of Anatomy in Germany in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.

Also known as Rhynchohyalus natalensis, it lives at depths of between 2,600ft (800 metres) and 3,300ft (1,000 metres).

It has two primary cylindrical eyes pointing upwards so it can see prey or predators silhouetted against the gloomy light above as well as a second set of silvery ones on the side its head.

It’s said the fish can grow up to a length of 16cm, although you wouldn’t want to come face-to-face with it.

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MAN FIGHTS OFF TERRIFYING SHARK ATTACK WITH SPEAR

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Diver and ocean conservationist Jason Dimitri was spearfishing the ecological disaster fish known as the lionfish not long ago. As soon as he speared one, a nearby shark smelled blood and wanted himself a meal.  That’s when the shark made repeated jabs at Mr. Dimitri as if to say, “That lionfish be mine!”

Mr. Dimitri knew well the shark might take a bite of him too if he didn’t respond correctly to the situation. Luckily, the spear he had in his hand became his weapon of choice and the shark was driven away.

Mr. Dimitri was hunting lionfish because they are an alien speices that is killing all the fish that help keep reefs healthy. There was no word what he did with his catch, but I am hoping he had a good meal (because lionfish are quite tasty).

The video, caught on Mr Dimitri’s GoPro 3 camera, was uploaded to YouTube last Thursday and has been viewed millions of times.

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NEW CREATURES DISCOVERED BY DEEP SEA CAMERA

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.

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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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WHALE SLAPS WOMAN IN FACE WITH TALE

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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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DIVER SURVIVES KILLER WHALE ATTACK

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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DISCOVERY CHANNEL BUSTED FOR FAKE SHARK PICTURE

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 http://www.tarrif.net/wwii/movies/uboats.wmv and look at the footage about 12 seconds into the video.

 

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OCTOPUS TRIES TO STEAL CAMERA

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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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CROCODILE TRIES TO STEAL SHARK FROM FISHERMAN!

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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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18 FOOT BURMESE PYTHON FOUND IN FLORIDA

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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WHAT IS THE WORLD’S FASTEST FISH?

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.

NUMBER 2:  MARLIN

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.

NUMBER 3 -WAHOO

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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