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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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22 May

Meanwhile in Australia, It's Raining Spiders

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In case you missed the story this week, it's raining spiders in Australia -- millions and millions of spiders. And not only are the residents of Goulburn, New South Wales, dealing with these critters falling on them from the sky, they have a sticky situation with all the webbing left behind.

So what's happening? LiveScience called on Rick Vetter, a retired arachnologist at the University of California at Riverside, who said residents were most likely witnessing a very common form of spider transportation. Called ballooning, it entails a spider intent on migrating to new digs climbing up high, releasing its silk, and then jumping.

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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

Man Bitten By Shark Near South Carolina

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A sand shark, like this one pictured, bit a man off the coast of Sullivan's Island. (Photo by MusikAnimal/Wikimedia Commons)

Beachgoers in Sullivan’s Island, SC are on alert after a sand shark bit a man last week.

Officials say that the 30-year-old man was bit on the foot Friday afternoon. He was taken to an area hospital, where he received stitches and was later released.

While the incident was relatively minor, it has raised concerns over the amount of sharks in the region. According to the Post and Courier, a study conducted last year revealed that Sullivan’s Island and neighboring Folly Beach were some of the riskiest places for shark attacks in the continental United States. The study also showed that individuals there were 35 times more likely to be attacked by a shark compared to the rest of the Carolinas.

The town issued a statement, urging residents to exercise caution when swimming or engaging in any water sports. Fortunately, South Carolina hasn’t suffered a fatal shark attack since the 1850s.

Want to get up close with sharks (from the comfort of your own computer or device)? Check out incredible shark videos on our website!

This post is part of our special MONSTER NEWS coverage for MONSTER WEEK! Check out related articles here and watch video highlights in anticipation of Monster Week, starting May 17, 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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20 May

40,000 Bees Found Under Woman's Bedroom in NYC (VIDEO)

When one woman suspected she had a little bee problem happening under her bedroom, she didn't expect that meant a 40,000-bee PROBLEM under her bedroom!

Mary Jean Dyczko contacted NYPD bee detective, Anthony "Tony Bees" Planakis, last summer when she noticed a large volume of bee traffic outside her window, according to the Gothamist.  Planakis did not want to disturb the hive prior to winter, thinking they wouldn't survive any attempt at extraction. The retired detective returned to Dyczko's home this spring for one last job -- and, this one was a MONSTER:

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Photo: Video image from Lots of bees removed from NYC home (Credit: BMR... by Gothamist

*SHUDDER*


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More video of the extraction:

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Planakis discovered a massive hive of 40,000 -- he was able to extract the queen safely.  The hive will be relocated to a beekeeper in upstate New York

 

Meanwhile, in Asia ... KILLER HORNETS ARE ON THE RISE! Tune in tonight to KILLER HORNETS FROM HELL to hear about the spread of these monstrous insects. Here's a HORRIFYING highlight from the Monster Week program:

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18 May

Get Ready: Monster Week is Going to be Hair-Raising!

It’s Monster Week at Animal Planet and this year is truly going to be a “hair-raising” event, thanks to a partnership with Great Clips salons! Great Clips is the world’s largest salon brand and provides high quality and convenient service to millions of customers throughout North America each week. That’s why Animal Planet has partnered with Great Clips for a Hair-Raising Sweepstakes.

Enter for your chance to win free haircuts for a year! Only one lucky winner will receive the grand prize, but nine others can win one free haircut and all 10 winners will receive a swag bag of monstrous gifts from Animal Planet! Learn more here

Find a Great Clips location near you and download the Great Clips Online Check-In app to save time at your next visit.

17 May

Giant Squid Washes Up on New Zealand Beach

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With 7 1/2-inch eyes, below a 6-foot mantle (head area) and tentacles longer than 16 feet, this is one monster mollusk!

The Kaikoura Marine Centre and Aquarium posted the photo above (used with their permission) and report in Facebook that they collected the giant squid specimen before birds could get to it. They say they have it frozen behind glass for display and research purposes. According to the Marlborough Express, aquarium owner Meghan Lewis says it was a mature female.

Squid-World.com says the maximum length of a Giant Squid is 43 feet, and they seem to reside primarily near the ocean floor.

See a clip from Man-Eating Super Squid that explores Giant Squid feeding behavior:

And hear this diver's tale of a frightening encounter with a different type of squid:

Humboldt, or Jumbo, Squid are another type of large squid that also can have mantles up to 6 feet long. They're commercially fished and are said to fight back when caught and show aggression towards divers. Watch a full episode of Swimming with Monsters that seeks out the Humboldt squid to see if they live up to their blood-thirsty reputation.

17 May

Like to Fish? Show Off Your #ReelMonster Catch on TV

Tune in tonight at 9/8c for a killer episode of River Monsters. Then stick around for an Aftershow with Jeremy Wade featuring selections of our audience photos posted to #ReelMonster.
 
Get the full story in our Facebook post embedded below.
 

Do you like to fish? Then post a picture of your catch to either Instagram, Twitter or the River Monsters Facebook page...

Posted by Animal Planet on Saturday, May 16, 2015

Preview tonight's episode with this highlight of an underwater encounter with a huge crocodile.

15 May

A Monster Find: Warm-Blooded Opah Fish Discovered Deep in Pacific Ocean

In what is quite the discovery, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers found the first warm-blooded fish living deep in the Pacific Ocean, according to USA Today.

The Opah, unlike other fish, generate heat when they swim and have special blood vessels that distribute warmth throughout their disc-shaped bodies. Along with this, the Opah (considered deepwater predators) have "counter-current heat exchangers" in their gills that work to lessen heat loss and keep their body temperature above the water temperature as they swim 250 feet undersea, USA Today reported.

The opah isn't the only fish to warm it's body while swimming. Apparently tuna and sharks are known to temporarily warm their swimming muscles. However, the difference is that the opah can warm its entire body, similar to whole-body endothermy, which is how mammals and birds distinguish themselves from fish and reptiles.

Thanks to its warm-blooded talent, the opah is able to swim at faster speeds, something not common of deep, cold-water fish. Because of this, the opah benefits from quicker swimming, better vision and quicker responses - allowing it a better chance at survival.

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Check out the latest River Monsters clip:

This post is part of our special MONSTER NEWS coverage for MONSTER WEEK! Check out related articles here and watch video highlights in anticipation of Monster Week, starting May 17, only on Animal Planet.

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