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29 Jun

Bizarre Creature Has a Snake Head and Spider Tail (VIDEO)

What fresh horror is THIS?

A recently discovered species, the split-tailed horned viper, has the head of a venomous snake and a spider for a tail. No, it's not some experiment from The Island of Doctor Moreau or the latest cheesy CGI movie monster, it's an actual living creature with a truly stunning adaptation.

Watch this video to learn more about this wonderfully bizarre snake. 

No matter how terrifying this snake is on the surface level, you can't help by marvel at the power of evolution when you see it in action. It is perfectly adapted to survive in its desert environment and lure in its bird prey with its spider-decoy tail.

It's a reminder to us all that even animals that are scary looking or potentially dangerous to humans are still amazing and important and worth our protection. Few other groups of wildlife are more maligned--unnecessarily--than are snakes

 

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Photo by Omid Mozaffari via Flickr Creative Commons.

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15 Jun

Two Teens Attacked in Separate Shark Attacks at Nearby North Carolina Beach


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A 16-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl suffered serious injuries after both were victims of shark attacks in Oak Island, N.C., ABC reports. The attacks happened on the same stretch of beach, only about 2 miles away, and within an about hour of each other. The mayor of the town, Betty Wallace, made a statement through Facebook.

One of the things we hope we never have to hear from a beach community; the shark bite victim is a teenage girl. ...

Posted by Mayor Betty Wallace on Sunday, June 14, 2015

 

Shark experts say the sharks were likely bigger sharks, such as tiger or bull sharks, and that it is possible it may have been the same shark, given the distance between attacks and the close time frame which the incidents occurred. 

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11 Jun

Rare 17-Foot Oarfish Washes Up On California Coast

 

A rare Oarfish washed up on the coast of South Catalina Island earlier this month, CNN reports.

These mysterious sea-serpents almost exclusively swim 1,000 to 3,000 feet below the surface, in the darkest depths of the water. The fish was found early morning June 1 by two conservationist from the Catalina Island Conservancy, and was measured at about 17 feet long, relatively small considering these creatures can reach lengths of 50 feet.

The Oarfish was found dead with its tail missing, and it is unclear exactly how it died. This marks the fifth time in one year that an Oarfish has washed up on California's coast, and the second time it has washed up on Catalina Island. The last time was in 2013 and the carcass measured at about 18 feet.

The Giant Oarfish was first discovered in 1772 by Norwegian biologist Peter Ascanius, and has been the subject of many legends and tales.

To learn more about giant sea creatures, check out our Top 10 Biggest River Monsters, or some of the videos below! 

 

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6 Jun

It's Raining Sea Monsters in Alaska

Can you imagine going about your daily routine, around your home or out shopping, and then seeing a squirming, toothy sea creature right in your path? This is the sci-fi scenario experienced this past week on dry land in Alaska.

Lampreys, those worm-like sea monsters featured in episodes of River Monsters...

... and the subject of an eerily prescient (and hilarious) movie Blood Lake, have been found in a lawn, a parking lot and other odd locations on land around Fairbanks, Alaska. What's going on?

The leading theory, from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game no less, is that these Arctic Lampreys are being plucked out of the Chena River by gulls, who then drop them as the eel-like critters squirm.

 

This past week the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), in Fairbanks, received calls about arctic lamprey found...

Posted by Alaska Department of Fish and Game - Official on Wednesday, June 3, 2015

That's bizarre even for Alaska, where nature has been known to throw a few curveballs at its human residents.

RELATED SHOW: Watch a preview of our critically-acclaimed special event, The Last Alaskans, airing Sundays at 8/7c.

28 May

Monstrous, 552-Pound Goliath Grouper Caught by Kayak Fisherman (VIDEO)

One EXTREMELY ecstatic Florida man reeled in the catch of a lifetime -- and, aboard a kayak no less!  That's right -- he caught a massive, 552-pound Goliath grouper, a fish so monstrous, it snapped his fishing rod. Check out the video: 

The grouper was caught in Sanibel, Fla., by Jon Black of the Crazy Lure Bait & Tackle Shop.  Black was sitting in his kayak when he felt a pretty strong tug at the end of his line -- little did he realize, he was about to reel in this massive beast!

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Photo: YouTube image

 

Black and his bait shop urge on their Facebook page however not to attempt catching such large fish from a kayak as it can prove dangerous. The grouper was released back into the water shortly after it was caught - after some momentous photo opps, of course. 

Captain Ben Chancey and Crazy Lure's owner, Captain Jonathan Black went kayak fishing for major goliaths today, which to...

Posted by Crazy Lure Bait & Tackle Shop on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 

Dig into our archives and waatch more impressive grouper catches with Jeremy Wade on River Monsters:

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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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Reuters/Daniel Munoz

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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