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9 Nov

Three-Eyed Catfish from New York City Raises Interest and Doubts

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Does that look like a third eye to you?

Can 3-eyed fish live outside of Springfield?

Take a look at this catch one individual reeled in from the “putrid toxic waters” of New York City’s Gowanus Canal. The Gothamist first shared the home video, capturing what looks like a third eye near the top of the fish’s head.

Three-Eyed Fish by Gothamist

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5 Nov

Man Nearly Dies From Tapeworm Larva Inside His Brain

When 26-year-old college student Luis Ortiz started getting headaches, he didn’t think much of it. Headaches are headaches, right?

It all came to a head (no pun intended) when Luis’ headache was so painful, he started to experience nausea and went to the emergency room, according to ABC News. Before he knew it, he was going into surgery, where surgeons removed a tapeworm larva from inside his brain.

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28 Oct

Surfer Finds Large Prehistoric Shark Tooth

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

Remnants of the largest species of shark to have ever lived are now resurfacing — nearly 2.6 million years after the animal went extinct.

Several Megalodon teeth have been collected over recent weeks on the beaches of North Carolina. One of those teeth was found in Surf City by a man named Danny Bland, and it's about as big as a human hand.

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"I felt like I was a lottery winner," Bland said in an interview with WITN-TV. "I'm the first one to touch that since it fell out of his mouth back in the day."

While it's common to find shark teeth on the beaches of North Carolina, finding Megalodon teeth is much rarer. However, recent stormy weather and beach renourishment projects have caused some of the ancient fossils to be kicked back up into the currents, according to WITN.

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13 Oct

Is This the Jersey Devil or Just a Well-Timed Halloween Prank?



A Little Egg Harbor Township man is claiming that he spotted the fabled Jersey Devil in Galloway, N.J., while driving home from work.

"I was just driving past the golf course in Galloway on Route 9 and had to shake my head a few times when I thought I saw a llama," he wrote in an email to "If that wasn't enough, then it spread out leathery wings and flew off over the golf course."

Dave Black snapped several photos as the creature flew off, only one of which came out. He shared that one with, claiming it was real and not something he had Photoshopped, according to the news outlet.

According to, Black said one of his friends suggested that it could have been an owl carrying and flying away with some sort of animal, but Black says the animal he saw was about the size of a deer.

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2 Sep

Sea Snake and Stonefish Found Locked in Battle

Sea Snake and Stone Fish

Spear fisherman Rick Trippe was heading back home from a day of fishing off the coast of Australia when he spotted something in the water. What he found was completely unexpected.

"It was a big sea snake, but I couldn't quite make it out what kind of snake it was," Trippe told CNN Tuesday. "Its head was biting a stonefish close to its tail area, and the fish had a huge bite into the snake."

At first glance it seems that the snake would win this fight due to its size. However, both of these sea creatures are highly venomous and could kill the other. Stonefish, or Synanceia, are the most venomous fish in the world while all known species of sea snake are some of the most venomous snakes in the world. 

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13 Aug

New Footage Released of the Biggest Great White Shark Ever Caught on Camera

During Shark Week 2014, Discovery aired footage of Deep Blue, a great white shark measuring approximately 20 feet in length and estimated to be about 50 years old. She was discovered by shark researcher, Mauricio Hoyos Padilla, off the coast of Mexico, near Guadalupe Island. This massive creature is the biggest shark to ever be filmed. While this seems like old news, new footage of Deep Blue has been shared by Padilla himself. Watch below:

Watch more great white shark footage here:

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30 Jul

Gator Laughs At Humans' Puny Efforts To Contain Him

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from

This alligator isn't daunted by 3-foot fences.

YouTuber Duce Brickenson worked for a tour company in the Everglades when he took this video, which was posted in 2013. Part of his job was to remove any alligators from the parking lot, so they wouldn't get injured by cars or visitors.

"The tourists that come here are pretty stupid, and are usually the instigators of alligator bites," he wrote in the video description.

In the video, he spots a medium-sized alligator roaming around the parking lot and ushers it over to a fence. Crouching down by the hissing reptile (Note: Don't get this close to an alligator unless you know what you're doing), he encourages it to hop over.

Sure enough, the ungainly gator pulls himself upright and latches onto the fence, quickly scampering up to the top. He unceremoniously plops down on the other side, rights himself and quickly hurries off home.

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The video is impressive, both for the alligator's skill and because scientists are still learning about them and their climbing abilities; just last year a paper documented their ability to climb trees.

"Gators are truly amazing creatures, and you'll never know all their secrets unless you actually spend time in the everglades; and observe them up close like I did," Duce Brickenson wrote. "It's amazing to think that some scientists don't even know that alligators can do this."

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30 Jul

Giant Python Caught in Florida

A Burmese python, which measured 18 feet, three inches, was caught in Everglades National Park in Florida this week. This snake could possibly be the second largest snake to be ever be caught in the state, but, according to CBS Miami, the size of snakes captured captured outside of the park are not recorded. The largest python was 18 feet, seven inches, so not far off from the most recent capture. 

EXCLUSIVE: A huge, gigantic, enormous Burmese Python captured at Shark Valley in Everglades National Park may be second largest ever caught in Fla. Read more here: USGS)

Posted by CBS Miami on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A professional python researcher who regularly works in the park captured the snake in an attempt to control the population of this invasive species. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Burmese python was first documented in the wild in Florida in 1979 due to their owners' releasing them into the wild. Since then, they have posed a large threat to the indigenous small population of the Everglades, especially because they have no natural predators. They can also grow up to 19 feet and are capable of eating deer and even alligators 

There are an estimated 100,000 of these reptiles living in South Florida. They do not pose a threat to humans unless provoked.

Learn more about the python in Florida here.

Remember when Jeremy Wade came face-to-face with an anaconda? Relive the moment here!

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8 Jul

Flood Leaves 'River Monster' Stranded in Fence

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

In May, waters around Dallas rose above normal levels. The Trinity River, which runs through the city, had retained so much rainfall that its depth more than doubled to 40 feet by the end of the month. Among the destroyed homes and human lives lost, wildlife were also affected by the rising waters.

Andrés Ruzo, a geoscientist and National Geographic explorer, captured this image of a recently deceased fish who'd gotten carried away by the floodwater — and, sadly, lodged in a fence.

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The fish is part of a 100,000-year-old species. And even though he has a bit of a monstrous appearance, he's of course not a river monster at all. He's a juvenile longnose gar, a freshwater fish with a sizable population of over 100,000 adults in North America. Though other subspecies of gar can reach up to 10 feet long, this particular fish is 2 feet, which is about the subspecies's average size.

In his post on National Geographic's website, the photographer noted that, "Living fossils like the gar are a reminder that our buildings and byways are a very recent arrival to this ancient landscape."

The gar fittingly earned his name from the Anglo-Saxon word for "spear". However, the species far predates any Anglo-Saxon language. These creatures have swam on Earth for the past 100,000 years without any significant evolutionary changes.

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8 Jul

Dead Anaconda Found Inside Dead Anaconda's Distended Belly (VIDEO)

An anaconda bloated with its prey was found dead -- and, most likely died from eating another anaconda.

WAIT. An anaconda died by eating an anaconda while an anaconda died from being eaten by an anaconda? #irony #meta #headexploding

In the video below, watch the locals who make the discovery dissect and unravel the apparent loser in what was most likely a pretty epic battle.

There are four types of anacondas, all found in tropical regions of South America. They typically eat small mammals like pigs, birds, rodents ... and, well, apparently their own kind.

Photo: YouTube image

Watch our own Jeremy Wade come face-to-face underwater with one massive anaconda: 

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