POACHERS KILL KENYA’S BIGGEST ELEPHANT

Satao, the biggest of the big elephants, pictured when still allive

Poachers in Kenya have killed the biggest known elephant there. It’s name was Satao, a male giant whose tusks were so large they would often touch the ground as he walked.  But those giant ivory tusks are worth thousands of dollars each, making Satao a target by poachers.

Wildlife officials from Kenya had gone to great lengths to protect Satao from poachers, but last month their luck ran out. Poachers killed the giant elephant with poison tipped spears.

It is reported that the elephant was shot on 30th May with a poisoned arrow and it was not until the 2nd June that a body of a large elephant was found in the swamp. It was immediately suspected to be Satao but tests had to be carried out to confirm the identity of the elephants because of his iconic status.

Poachers hacked off the face to get ivory husks

 

The killers hacked off the face of the mighty beast in order to take the tusks which were so large that they reached the ground.

Unknown Elephant shown with poacher's spears

The elephants are known as “great tuskers” as their ivory reaches up to 45 kg on each side, making them much sought-after by poachers.

A blog post by wildlife filmmaker Mark Deeble read: “I am appalled at what that means – that the survival skills that the bull has painstakingly learnt over half a century have been rendered useless by the poachers’ use of mass-produced Chinese goods; GPS smart-phones, cheap motorcycles and night vision goggles.”

“I think the old bull knows that poachers want his tusks, and I hate that he knows. More than anything, I hate the thought that poachers are now closing in on one of the world’s most iconic elephants.”

According to the Kenya Wildlife Service, at least 100 elephants have been poached in the African country so far this year.

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MAN RECORDS HIS FIGHT WITH A GREAT WHITE SHARK WITH A GOPRO CAMERA

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OK is this for real? Or is this yet another shark prank video gone viral. It claims to be an actual video of a young man jumping into some water in Australia. Within seconds, a friend alerts him that a shark is just behind him. As the video continues we see the man’s arms and legs flailing about as he tries to get away from the shark.

The video has quickly become s raging debate, with YouTubers questioning whether the clip is real.

Many YouTube posters highlighted that at the 0:59 mark the shark flashes briefly in the centre of the screen and then suddenly shifts to the left of the frame.

Another individual noted, snidely: “Well done film editing. Shark conveniently in shallow water.”

Still, there were a number of people who believed the close encounter was genuine, stating that the young man had been incredibly lucky to have swam so close to the great white shark and not been harmed.

SPEAKING OF SHARK ATTACKS – CHECK OUT MY VIDEO ABOUT THE WAR RAGING BETWEEN THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT AND SHARK LOVERS OVER A SHARK CULLING PROGRAM

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AMAZING DRONE VIDEO OF DOLPHINS SURFING

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Surf’s up dude! Humans aren’t the only animal that likes to catch a wave every now and then. Even though they don’t use surf boards, dolphins love to go surfing!

Just like human body surfers, dolphins have been known to ride the crests of big waves as they roll into shore.

Just before the wave will crash into shore, the dolphins will turn around and rush back into open water.

There are mountains of images and videos of playful dolphins doing some rad moves on waves, but this is the first time I have seen it from a drone aircraft!

Researcher Dave Riggs captured the unique and surreal footage recently while spying for sharks above the breakers at Esperance, in Western Australia.

Riggs uses a Phantom drone to look for sharks normally, but this time he came across the dolphins. Thanks for hitting the record button Dave!  Very cool.

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SPEAKING OF DRONES, I RECENTLY ATTENDED A DRONE CONFERENCE IN NYC TO SEE WHAT THE LATEST TRENDS IN DRONE TECH IS… YOU WON’T BELIEVE YOUR EYES… WATCH!

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ANGRY STINGRAY CHASES MAN OUT OF WATER – REAL OR FAKE?

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Okay, how many people live on this planet and don’t know that Steve Erwin, one of the most famous tv wildlife personalities on earth was killed after he became to agressive with a stingray? Well, here is one swimmer on Australia’s Gold Coast, who must not have gotten the memo. For unknown reasons, this anonymous stingray heckler lunges at a giant stingray. Perhaps it was for the video camera. Perhaps it was for a facebook status update, or even Instangram fame. But what this would be tarzan quickly found out is that Stingrays don’t take that kind of bully boy bravado sheepishly.

Within seconds, the stingray turns the tables on the human, and has the man on the retreat! The guy looks genuinely scared.

REAL OR FAKE?

But wait a second, is this really real?  A second look at that video has some strange little quirks to it. How is it such a huge stingray can turn so quick. And if you look close, it’s tale looks like something from a kite!

Well, that’s because it is a kite. The man, Ben, was swimming while his daughter was flying a kite. When they noticed the shadow they started playing around with it and walla, a viral hit is born.

The man was contacted by the news and for awhile the hoax brought out some hilarious reports. Like this:

“According to Stingray expert Dr. Jonathan Werry, such behavior is rare, but can happen when a stingray feels threatened and can’t easily flee.”

“Usually what a ray has is a flight response, because most of whatever is after them is a predator like a large shark, so in most cases they want to get away as quickly as possible,” Werry said.

“It has come at [the swimmer] head-first, but has not whipped its tail around so he is actually giving the guy the message to back off.”

Werry added that only in rare cases–including that which resulted in the death of TV personality Steve Irwin in 1996–do stingray use their barbs as a weapon of attack.

The barbs, rather, are deployed as a means of self defense. But at this point, I bet Dr. Werry wishes he had a few barbs for the guy who made that video!

IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE MORE GENTLE SIDE OF STINGRAYS, CHECK OUT MY VIDEO WHERE I SWIM WITH STINGRAYS IN GRAND CAYMAN

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HIPPO CHASES MAN

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Last year when I was in Uganda, a man told me a story about a gamekeeper who outran a hippopotamus. I didn’t believe the story at first but then I looked it up and it turned out to be true

Turns out the guy was a gamekeeper at Murchison Falls National Park. He got a little too close to one of the park hippos. The hippo charged him and the guy had to run for it.

Luckily the gamekeeper was a very good runner and out ran the hippo. Most people wouldn’t be able to do that. Hippos have been clocked at speeds up to 24 miles per hour.

HIPPO KILL MORE HUMANS THAN ANY OTHER ANIMAL IN AFRICA

Hippos may look like over sized harmless cows to some people, but truth be told they are one of the most dangerous beasts in Africa and kill more humans that any other big animal there. More than four hundred people in Africa have been killed by rampaging hippos. This figure far exceeds the death toll from lions, tigers or any other wild animals.

A hippo can chop a croc in half with just one bite

Hippos can weigh up to 9000 pounds and and have teeth that are as sharp as razor blades. These beasts are vegetarians and don’t eat people. But they will crush you between their giant jaws if angered. This is what happened to Spencer Tyron, a African hunter who was attacked by a bull hippo. The animal’s crushing bite was so powerful it sliced off Tyron’s head as well as his shoulders.

Hippos are known to attack on land, but most attacks from Hippos come in the water when people in boats get too close to them. There are dozens of videos on Youtube showing this. In one, it shows a hippo actually attacking the outboard motors on the vessel.

In most cases, the driver is able to get away quickly enough, but sometimes the hippo gets the upper hand and tragedy quickly ensues. This is what happened to a young honeymoon couple from South Africa.

HONEYMOON TRAGEDY – MAN’S NEW WIFE KILLED BY HIPPO

Bruce Simpson and his wife Janice were on safari in Botswana’s Okavango Delta. They were traveling in a canoe with a guide. The canoe came too close to a hippo and was attacked. The hippo tipped the canoe over. It then crushed young Janice between it’s jaws and bit through her heart and lung. She died instantly.

HIPPO VETERINARIAN ATTACK

Even professionals find it difficult to work with Hippo. In 2010 a group of veterinarians were testing a new sedative on a Hippo in South Africa. The sedative turned out to be too weak. The animal woke up and attacked one of the doctors. He would have been killed if it had not been for an armed game warden who shot and killed the animal.

Scientists testing a tranquilizer get a little two close

HOW TO AVOID A HIPPO ATTACK

If by chance you find yourself confronted with a Hippo, here are a few tips that might come in handy.

• If you’re in a canoe, allow hippos plenty of space. Avoid rivers where numbers are concentrated.


• Tap the side of the boat to signal your position so hippos do not come up beneath you.


• Keep your distance when on foot. Avoid thickets where hippos may be skulking.


• Listen out for oxpecker calls – a warning sign that there may be a hippo around.


• Clapping your hands, waving your arms or shouting is likely to have no effect on a charging hippo. Your only hope is to seek immediate refuge behind or up a tree or behind a termite mound.

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MALE FROGS USING STORM DRAINS TO ADD ECHO TO MATING SONGS

Taipai Tree Frig

If you can’t win over your lady with a serenade from below her window, you might want to try some cool echo effects from a storm drain.  Scientists in Taiwan have just published a study showing that male tree frogs there are doing just that.

The males of the species have found that the storm drains along roads carry sounds farther and louder. The frogs are now exploiting the feature to ramp up their love lives in the gutters of Taipei.

This woman wasn't overwhelmed with singing frogs unfortunately. She got stuck when trying to retrieve her mobile

.”Males of the species take part in an elaborate annual singing competition to seduce the females. The breeding season lasts from March to June and males form groups or leks to take part in a ritual called lekking, Nature reported.

Researchers found that the calls from inside the drain could up the males’ chances of mating as they are louder and were longer.  But then, even rock and roll singer could have told you that.

The study is published in the Journal of Zoology

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IN A RELATED STORY ABOUT MATING IN THE ANIMAL WORLD. IS IT POSSIBLE CAMELS PREFER FILLYS?


 

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MAN FLIES OFF 45 STORY HOTEL IN HIS JET PACK

Nick Macomber flying high in Denver


With the help of a hydrogen and nitrogen-powered jet pack, a man jumps off the 45th floor rooftop of the Four Seasons Hotel in Denver, Colorado

A real life James Bond who goes by the name of Nick Macomber showed off his amazing jet pack recently by flying off the roof of the four season hotel.

Strapped into his Go Fast jet pack, he took off, made a loop, and touched down safely back onto the ground.

Mr Macomber’s flight was used as a test ahead of a possible world record attempt of flying off the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere next month.
Just what that is, he isn’t saying, but it could be his wife’s stomach. There are reports she is the fattest woman in the world. (okay that was a joke but I’m just checking to see if anyone reads this far :) .

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TIGERS IN INDIA BEING KILLED BY POISON

Tiger Found Dead In India After Poisoning

Another tiger has been poisoned to death in India, taking the number of deaths to eight in the first five months of this year. An eight-year-old tigress was found dead.
Wildlife authorities said that the death was due to poisoning.

Tigers in India are having a tough time surviving the onslaught on encroaching human population. The global population of tigers in the wild is estimated to be less than 4000, down from around 100,000 at the start of the 20th century. The combined effects of humans moving into their habitat, along with worldwide desire for Tiger skins and body parts have dramatically reduced their numbers. When a tiger kills livestock belonging to local villagers, the villagers retaliate by poisoning the tiger. There are compensation programs, but they are badly managed and riddled with corruption.

Two ways the Indian Government has been able to stabilize the number of Tigers is by creating tiger sanctuaries and developing tiger tourism.

Not long ago, I visited one of the State Parks known as Rathambore to see how things are going. Check out the video of my visit and see what you think? Is this good way to go or not?

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WOMAN PETS SHARK UNDERWATER – CRAZY?

Nice little sharkey!

UNEXSO professional shark handler Cristina Zenato calls a Caribbean reef shark to her lap like a puppy dog. Stephen Frink films with a GoPro Hero 3 Black with monitor mounted on his housing rolling simultaneously with stills capture. Filmed during Bahamas Underwater Photo Week.

Is there any other creature that instills such an outsized fear as the shark? You’re more likely to be killed by a cow, Christmas tree, icicle, or basically anything else besides a shark and yet sharks continue to be considered nightmare fuel. But a new trending video showing a Caribbean reef shark nuzzling a diver’s lap in the Bahamas is more evidence that sharks aren’t the bloodthirsty predators they’re made out to be.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE UGLIEST SHARK IN THE WORLD?

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A DOZEN SHARKS SURROUND FAMILY IN FLORIDA

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Smyrna Beach, FL (Billschannel) – Ok, so you take the wife out for a nice day at the beach. She’s read about increased shark attacks and is a bit nervous. So you tell her there is nothing to worry about. More people die each year from bicycle accidents than shark attacks. Finally she agrees and joins you in the water for a little paddle boarding. Then, “whooooooops”.  Dark shapes appear in the water and you realize both of you are surrounded by a dozen sharks. NOT GOOD!

That’s what happened to Steve Anest and his wife. But Steve, being the nature lover that he is, pulled out his camera and recorded it all. You can hear the rest of the story in the video below.

Anest was surprised by the sharks, but perhaps should not have been, as there was a shark attack a month prior injuring a 25-year-old man who was bitten on the foot. Two weeks prior to that, two boys were also attacked. New Smyrna Beach is actually ranked number one for shark attacks, according to the world’s top five countdown. Many locals refer to it as the shark bite capital of the world, and with good reason, it seems. Last year alone there were seven shark attacks and with this year’s three attacks, swimmers need to be aware of their surroundings.

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Did you know there is a creature that is a cross between a stringray and a shark? It’s true. Check out my video on the shark rays of (believe it or not) Las Vegas!

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