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Monster Week

21 Apr

Search for the Loch Ness Monster With Google

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Screengrab from Google.com

If you head to Google today, you might be surprised at the big find featured in their Doodle: Nessie the Loch Ness Monster!

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Google is celebrating the 81st anniversary of when the first photo of the elusive sea monster "Nessie" was taken. On April 19, 1934, Col. Robert Wilson captured a grainy, black and white photograph of what many have claimed to be a serpent-like creature rising out of the Scotland waters, according to ABC News.

Want to search for Nessie yourself? Google Maps has created an underwater streetview app that let's you comb through the Loch Ness waters in search of the elusive creature yourself.

Want to learn more about the Loch Ness Monster? Check out this River Monsters clip below:

17 Apr

Bull Shark Makes Unexpected Visit in a Florida Backyard (VIDEO)

If you look in your backyard, chances are you'll see some birds, perhaps some squirrels - depending on what region you live in. But here's one thing we didn't think would show up in a backyard - and likely these residents in Bonita Springs, Fla., didn't either.

According to the Irish Examiner, bull sharks have been showing up in canals right in the backyard of several residents. According to NBC-2, the sharks keep returning to the water because people are throwing leftover bait in the water.

Check out Jeremy reeling in a bull shark in a freshwater river:

Tune in for a brand-new episode of River Monsters this Sunday at 9/8c!

6 Jun

What Could Kill a 9-Foot Great White Shark?

Eating-sharks-250For all those thinking the sharks may be the greatest predator in the water, new findings might cause a bit of alarm. There's something out there eating 9-foot great white sharks.

As part of a new shark tracking program, scientists tagged a healthy 9-foot female great white shark off the Australian coast. Then, four months later, the tracking device was discovered by a beach comber about two-and-a-half miles from where the shark was originally tagged.

When the scientists reviewed the recovered device, they found a rapid temperature rise - from the mid-40s to the high-70s - and a 1,900-foot change in depth. Both can be explained by the animal "living" within the stomach of something much larger. To date, this is all the information scientists have.

Is there a giant creature out there feasting on great whites? Watch the video below and decide.

Could it be megalodon?

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22 May

Godzilla Can't Compete With This Monster Dinosaur

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You would have to take an elevator to make eye contact with it. You’d need to stack 13 hippos’ to emulate its height. The sheer site of a human lying next to its bones would befuddle Darwin.

Scientists have uncovered huge bones that could be from the largest dinosaur yet, standing 65 feet — equal to a seven-story building. It’s length, from its head to the tip of its tail, was 130 feet. This tall monster, belonging to a sauropod subgroup called Titanosaur, walked the earth 100 million years ago, using its height to munch on the tops of trees.

The complete thighbone scientists uncovered measures at 7.9 feet, the longest of any vertebrate yet found, according to The Associated Press. The remains provide context for a dinosaur that weighed 80 tons — 10 tons heavier than the previous record holder, the Argentinosaurus, which was found in Argentina.

Interestingly enough, this new monster dinosaur’s remains were found near the central Argentine town of El Sombrero. A local farm worker first stumbled upon the remains. A team of palaeontologists from the Museum of Palaeontology Egidio Feruglio then excavated the monstrous fossils, much to their amazement.

Now this big monster on campus needs a big name to match its size. What name do you think suits it?

 More awaits when Monster Week continunes TONIGHT at 8PM EP!

21 May

Rare Lancetfish Washes Ashore In North Carolina

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Cute, right? (Photo Credit: Allen Shimada, NOAA)

Beachgoers were stunned last week when an extremely rare and unusual looking fish washed ashore in North Carolina.

Marked by its sharp teeth, jagged dorsal fin and long, skinny body, the lancethead fish was found alive near Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, located in the Outer Banks.

Very little is known about the lancetfish, but what we do know is as unusual as its physical appearance. According to NBC News, adolescent lancetfish are hermaphrodites, possessing male and female sexual organs, and the species is nicknamed the “cannibal fish” for eating members of its own species (lancetfish also eat crustaceans, squid and other types of small fish). The lancetfish’s creepy appearance doesn’t deter seals, sharks and larger fish from targeting it as prey.

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20 May

#KillerLampreys: Why You Should ALWAYS Check the Toilet & Drains First

Run for your lives! The monsters are coming! THE MONSTERS ARE COMING!!  Don't believe us?! See for yourself:

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20 May

A Moment in Monster History: The East River Monster

New York City doesn’t invoke visions of exotic creatures or wild animals (unless you count the big rats you find in the subway).

But two years ago, the Big Apple caught the attention of everyone, including scientists, when a bloated animal carcass washed up on the shores of the East River, near the Brooklyn Bridge. The creature, dubbed the East River Monster, was unlike anything anyone had ever seen (outside of the nearby Montauk Monster).

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What could the East River Monster be? (Photo Credit: Denise Ginley)

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20 May

Scuba Diver Encounters Shark -- and Lives to Tell the Tale

8xjwnA scuba diver off the coast of Florida's Vero Beach had a close encounter with a shark - and caught it all on his GoPro camera, according to an article in the NY Daily News.

Jimmy Roseman, a West Melbourne native, ran into the shark while he was 90-feet under water. The shark circled him several times and when he got too close, Roseman prodded him with his spear gun to scare him off.

Check out the video below:

Want more up-close encounters with mystifying creatures?

Tune in to Monster Week - all this week at 8PM E/P, with River Monsters specials starting at 9PM E/P.

Check out another shark of the deep when Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives airs Sunday, May 25 at 7PM E/P.

16 May

Jumping Crocodiles Offer Strong Reminder to Never Get in the Water Again

8rk74In further evidence supporting our decision to never enter the water again, this video of amazing crocodiles leaping majestically out of the water to catch some meat on a fishing line proves that these chomping beauties aren't creatures to be messed with.

The video, from Northern Territory, Australian Outback YouTube channel shows how you can get up close and personal with the crocodiles (in a safe, smart manner, of course). Check it out.

As for us? With all of our Monster Week research, we'll stick to dry land, thanks. Check out more reasons to never get back in the water - including this piranha whose teeth can bite through steel:

Tune in for a brand new Monster Week - starting THIS Sunday at 9PM E/P

(with specials premiering at 8PM E/P too!)

15 May

Monster Beaver Terrorizes Town


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When you think of your neighborhood pest, you’re probably not thinking of a beaver.

In 1994, a 5-foot-long, 80 pound beaver started terrorizing a city along the Mississippi River. Those familiar with the case nicknamed the beaver "Nessie," since no clear photos were taken of the creature and it evaded capture. Typically, the rodents only grow up to 4-feet long and generally weigh about 60 pounds, according to a 1994 AP article.

Twenty years later, Nessie still has not been found.

According to the article, only one picture of what many believe to be Nessie exists. It's not very clear - only a black smudge in water with ripples floating around it.

Tom Greene, a superintendent of horticulture, told the AP that the beaver had enough strength to escape traps - not once, but twice.

 

 

Prepare Yourselves ... Tune In to Monster Week, beginning Sunday, May 18 at 9PM EP!

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