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24 May

Gulf of Mexico Diver Stumbles Upon Great White Shark (VIDEO)

A charter captain diving in the Gulf of Mexico got quite the surprise when a great white shark snuck up on him, Discovery News reports.

Grayson Shepard was coming up from 90 feet down during a hunt for lionfish when he spotted the shark about 22 feet underwater.

“He was docile, not aggressive at all,” Shepard told the Tallahassee Democrat. “But it’s like your worst nightmare. I felt totally helpless. It was like it saw me before I saw it. That spooked me.”

Learn more about Great White Sharks in the video below:

Watch the full episode of Swimming With Monsters: Shark as part of Monster Week.

This post is part of our special MONSTER NEWS coverage for MONSTER WEEK! Check out related articles here and watch video highlights -- and tune in all week through May 25 for Monster Week, only on Animal Planet.

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23 May

Ever Wonder What Whales Hear?

Whales use sound to navigate the world — in fact, you might even say that their worlds are entirely woven of sound. But...

Posted by NPR on Friday, May 22, 2015

Our jaws dropped when we first listened to this NPR report that seeks to capture the noises that whales hear, and how the loudness of humans could be bad news for the species.

In the "Look at This: Drowned Out" report, Christopher Clark, a senior scientist in bioacoustics at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, gives insight as to what the noises we make are doing to the underwater creatures. Along with the audio report is a visualization of ocean currents provided by NASA.

It's no secret that whales rely on sound to navigate and live in the ocean, as evidenced by the video below.

For even more on the report, head over to NPR.

 

22 May

Photographer Makes Amusing Supermodels Out of Backyard Squirrels

Sure, they can be a nuisance sometimes (especially when they get into your garage and chew through your heavy-duty buckets of bird seed), but squirrels can also be fun to watch. 

It's especially interesting to witness a squirrel exploring its environment, and photographer Max Ellis has captured those moments creatively and brilliantly in his photos. Says Max, "The squirrels in these images live in the big trees behind my garden. They come every day to see whats new and investigate it." He uses props, food and occasionally fishing line to create his squirrel scenarios, and the squirrels do the rest.

Genius. Enjoy, follow @junkyardmax on Instagram, and see more at maxphotographic.com.

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Credit: Max Ellis/@junkyardmax 

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21 May

Paddle Boarder Checked out by Orca (VIDEO)

 

Luke Reilly was paddle boarding just off the beach in New Zealand when he got a surprise visitor: an orca.

Orcas, also known as killer whales, are incredibly powerful predators, preying on everything from stingrays to salmon to seals and even giant baleen whales. While human encounters with apex predators might generally be cause for alarm, in this case, Reilly seemed more an object of curiosity than potential prey. Orcas, though at the very top of the marine food chain, don't consider humans food and wild orcas have never attacked a human. (We, on the other hand, pose a significant threat to orcas in the wild.)

That's reassuring to know, especially when the curious whale swam right up to the paddle board and gave it an investigatory nibble.  

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Photo by Kat Kellner via Flickr Creative Commons.

Help the National Wildlife Federation Save the Endangered Orcas of Puget Sound.

H/T to Huffington Post

21 May

Scary, Loud Human Frightens Sweet, Snuggly Bear (VIDEO)

When a Scandinavian brown bear came charging out of the woods toward one Swedish hunter, the man screamed as loud as he could muster in that moment and frightened off the bear.

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Photo: YouTube image

Ralph Persson, a hunter and outdoorsman, told media outlets that he simply attempted to make himself very big and scream as loud as possible to frighten the animal.  And it worked! AMAZING! Watch the encounter:

Persson did say however that he probably got a little too close to the bear -- and notes that people should be respectful of wildlife and stay a safe distance.

 

It's MONSTER WEEK! Get a few stories of animal attacks that did not end so fortunately.  Watch sneak peeks from the program MAULED, airing tonight at 8/7c, only on Animal Planet. DON'T. WATCH. ALONE.

 

This post is part of our special MONSTER NEWS coverage for MONSTER WEEK! Check out related articles here and watch video highlights -- and tune in all week through May 25 for Monster Week, only on Animal Planet.

20 May

Beautiful Crane Fights Off Hungry Tigers (VIDEO)

When a crane was blown into a tiger enclosure by strong winds at a zoo in China, the crowds yelped in horror as they watched the battle that unfolded.

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Photo: The Telegraph CCTV video image

The tigers immediately chased after the crane -- but the bird beauty impressively managed to fend off her attackers with a few graceful wing swoops and looking larger than life! The crowds of zoo visitors cheered and watched the drama at the Fuyang Wildlife Park in Zhejiang Province:

The crane was eventually rescued by zoo staff and removed from the tigers' territory.

 

It's MONSTER WEEK! Watch videos about a killer tiger on the loose in India from our program SERIAL KILLER TIGER AT LARGE:

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13 May

Too-Close for Comfort Tourists Aggravate Bears at Yellowstone (VIDEO)

You may have seen the video gone viral the last few days, captured by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, of what appears to be a black bear with cubs, chasing after tourists at Yellowstone National Park:

A mama bear appears to be chasing tourists across a bridge, defending her cubs, as most media outlets are reporting. However, the bear and her babies were most likely aggravated by tourists who got too close for comfort for the sake of photo opps, encircling the group.  According to a report by National Geographic, the mama bear and her cubs in an attempt to flee, took a wrong turn onto the bridge, and were surrounded by tourists blocking their way.

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Photo: YouTube video image

The lesson here? Respect wildlife in parks and give them a safe and secure distance to graze and roam.  Like, 300 feet minimum. MINIMUM!  If you really want that killer photo to post to your Instagram, invest in a zoom lens. You can read up on Bear Safety on the National Park Service's website here. >>

 

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13 May

Bobcat and Coyote Face Off in Suburbia (VIDEO)

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Posted by Jon Snow on Monday, May 11, 2015

 

This is a pretty amazing video! The bobcat and the coyote featured both have wide ranges across the country, living close to humans, sometimes even in our cities, towns and backyards. But both are also extremely elusive. They are usually nocturnal and go out of their way to avoid being seen by humans.

So this video captured by a cyclist at River Legacy Park in Arlington, Texas is an extremely rare thing. Not only is it rare to see one of these animals in the daylight, right out in the open, but to see them both together is nothing short of a once in a lifetime wildlife encounter.

Bobcats and coyotes are both medium-sized predators that compete with each other for prey. All cats are strict carnivores, while coyotes have a more varied diet and can consume everything from plant material to insects to the rodents, rabbits and other small animals also fed on by the bobcat.

The video certainly answers the question of who's the "top dog" in this competition between carnivores--and it isn't the coyote!

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Photo by Linda Tanner via Flickr Creative Commons.

 

Protect Wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation.

 

13 May

90-Year-Old Tortoise's Legs Chewed Off By Rat, Wheels Give Her a Second Chance (VIDEO)

While Mrs. T the 90-year-old tortoise was hibernating in her United Kingdom home, she was viciously attacked by a rat that chewed off her front feet.

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Photo: YouTube video image

However, this horrifying story has a heartwarming ending - her owner Jude Ryder rushed her off to the vet who performed immediate amputation to save Mrs. T's life. And, with the help of Ryder's ingenious son Dale, a mechanical engineer, Mrs. T's mobility was restore.  He was able to fashion a set of wheels from a model airplane toy set and give her a second chance at a normal tortoise life. Read more of the story here >>

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12 May

German Shepherd Reunited With Humans After Three Years Apart (VIDEO)

It was the reunion three years in the making for one German shepherd and his girls.

Rico was separated from Andrea Arce and her daughters three years ago following a bad break up, according to Fox 5 San Diego. All seemed forgotten until, out of nowhere, she received a call from a shelter employee, telling her that her dog had been found 2,500 miles away in Virginia.

Rico, now 6 years old, was flown to San Diego, where he couldn’t contain his excitement upon seeing Andrea and her daughters for the first time in years. Get your tissues ready and watch:

Just let the tears out. There’s no shame.

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