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14 Jan

Another Sea Snake Washes Up on Southern California Shore

Yet another yellow-bellied sea snake has appeared on Southern California's shore, this time near Coronado. This is the second snake to wash up in the past month, with the first being found mid-December near Huntington Beach. Before now, a yellow-bellied sea snake hadn't been spotted near the shore since 1972.

El Nino is the most plausible reason for the sudden appearance of these snakes so far north. Yellow-bellied sea snakes are native to the tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, but El Nino has made waters further north much warmer than usual.

While this species of sea snake is highly venomous, there are no recorded human deaths connected to a yellow-bellied sea snake bite.

The 20-inch long snake was barely alive when it was found and passed away shortly after its discovery.

Learn more about sea snakes here:

13 Jan

Fossils of Giant Ancient Crocodile Found in Tunisia

This is a massive discovery, both literally and figuratively. Paleontologists in Tunisia have found the fossil remains of the world's largest sea-dwelling crocodile, a species that before now had be completely unknown.

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The group, lead by Federico Fanti of the University of Bologna and supported by the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration, have named this new species Machimosaurus rex, or M. Rex for short. From the fossils they found, they have estimated that this prehistoric beast measured up to 30 feet long and weighed over 30 tons. The skull alone is five feet long. Their complete findings have been reported in the journal, Cretaceous Research.

"It's just big. It's almost the size of a bus," said Fanti to the Washington Post about the crocodile. "It definitely was at the top of the food chain at the time, at least in this particular locality."

The fossil was found just inches below the surface on the edge of the Sahara Desert in Tunisia.

While the sheer size of this crocodile is impressive, this discovery also rattles preconceived notions about mass extinctions during the Jurassic Period. While the group of crocodiles M. Rex belongs to were thought to have gone extinct 150 million years ago, these new findings show that M. Rex actually lived 130 million years ago. 

Fanti said that while previous studies hypothesized a mass extinction of marine reptiles between the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, the discovery of M. Rex proves otherwise.

"That's leading us to consider the mass extinction theory is wrong and that we should better understand what's going on at the end of the Jurassic period," Fanti said.

M. Rex may be extinct, but there are still some monster crocs out there, just like the one Jeremy Wade came face-to-face with!

11 Jan

Investigators Capture Possible Bigfoot Howls in Michigan

A recently published video by a Michigan member of the BFRO has captured some spooky evidence. This video was taken in 2012 while filming an episode of Finding Bigfoot. A few BRFO members and a cameraman from the show went to a location where several Bigfoot sightings and vocalizations had been reported. According to Crypto Sightings, "The team doesn’t deny the chances of these sounds being hoaxed, but the locations of the sounds and timing make it seem less likely." 

2016 could be the year Bigfoot is discovered, according to an article in the Daily Mail. Could the sounds they captured been from a Bigfoot? 

Matt also captured some spooky vocalizations while on a solo investigation in Maine:

Watch an all new episode of Finding Bigfoot this Sunday at 10/9c!

28 Dec

Diver Swims With Giant Squid

Giant squid are the stuff of mythology and nightmares. The monstrous kraken was said to devour entire shipfuls of sailors and tentacled, deep sea beasts have been depicted in horror-inducing art for centuries. For many years, biologists' only evidence of these deep sea titans was tentacles inside the bellies of sperm whales, scarring from the suckers on those tentacles on the bodies of their marine mammal predators, and fleeting images on deep sea cameras.

This new footage from Japan shows that sometimes these fascinating cephalopods do sometimes explore shallower waters. 

 

As fascinating as the sight of such a rarely-seen creature is, I don't know if I'd be as brave as the diver who got in the water with it to get this spectacular footage, especially not knowing the aggressive behavior of its smaller-but-still-pretty-big kin, the Humbolt squid.

 

Thankfully, this species, or at least this individual, seemed just as curious about the human diver as we all are about it, and showed no signs of aggression. A good lesson for us not to judge a book by its cover--or squid by the reputation of other squid.

Giant Squid Diver
Image via YouTube.

Protect Wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation. 

H/T to Motherboard.

16 Dec

Stories of the Year That Will Make Your Skin Crawl

Are you squeamish? Then we recommend you don't read the grossest stories of this year! But if you're fascinated with flesh-eating diseases and grotesque infections then you should definitely check out our list of most notable little monsters that invaded the news this year. 

Boy Returns from Beach with a Snail Inside His KneeJaws made us scared of the water, and now Monsters Inside Me has made us scared of the beach! This little boy scraped his knee while on the beach and brought home an unlikely souvenir from his vacation.

Chagas Disease Spreading in Southern United StatesCommon in tropical climates, Chagas disease began spreading in the southern United States this year, especially in Texas.

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Woman Contracts Bacterial Infection From Hair TieHair ties? Really? Fortunately, only a certain kind-- the glittery kind-- are likely to give you an infection!

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14 Dec

Catfish Swallows Tank-Mate in One GIANT Gulp

Sometimes hunger strikes and there's nothing you can do to satiate your need but turn on those around you. Meet the gulper catfish that embodies "hangry". 

First, he checks out one of his tank-mates. Gives him a little nudge, letting him know who's boss.

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Then BAM, swallows him head first-- a real power move.

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Unfortunately, this catfish didn't think very far in advance. His hunger overpowered his judgment.

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He's so bloated, he can't even swim! 

Sadly, there is no followup to this video. The fate of the hangry catfish remains unknown.

This incident, though incredible and shocking, is quite a normal occurrence for owners of gulper catfish. These bold fishies can easily devour and digest ones half their size and often get too big for their britches and eat ones even larger though they cannot properly digest them.

Check out the entire attack below: 

Check out another massive, scaly monster! 

5 Dec

Man Finds Quite the Surprise On the Side of His House

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from thedodo.com)

Eric Holland from New South Wales was walking out of his shed when he came face to face with a lizard who is essentially Godzilla.

Holland discovered the gigantic lizard hanging out on the side of his house earlier this week, and had never seen anything like it before. He told a local radio station, "It was a bloody big shock mate."

A BIG shock, indeed.

The lizard is an abnormally large goanna lizard, and was about 5 feet long. There are 20 different species of goanna lizards, all varying in size, but clearly 5-foot-long goannas don't normally wander around backyards. 

Just another day in Australia.

Props to Holland for totally keeping his cool enough to snap a picture.

Learn more about the goanna's cousin here!

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 thedodo.com)

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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