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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!

1 Apr

Lamb Born in Russia With Human Face

 

 

Mother Nature Network posted a blog about a lamb born in Russia with a human face, and I have to admit that I first thought it was an April Fools' Day joke. But after watching the video above, it seems legit.

MNN reports:

Lamb deformed"The lamb does look disturbingly like a cranky grandpa. Its eyes and mouth are eerily human, with a large nose that gives it a cartoonish angry expression. The cause of the animal's deformities are not due to an aberrant farmer getting a little too cozy with one of his ewes, as some jokesters may suggest. Rather, they are likely the cause of a Vitamin A overdose, at least according to local veterinarian Dorofei Gavrilov, who is also from the village of Chirka in southwestern Russia where the lamb was born."

Often, animals born with deformities don't survive, but in this case, the little lamb doesn't seem to be negatively affected by its unique face and with human care, should have a normal life.

Read more about this bizarre lamb and its fate here.

 

Here's another example of a animal with a bizarre-looking deformity.

 

 

23 Feb

Meet the Bobbit Worm and Get Ready for Nightmares

Bobbit Worm - Dinner time from liquidguru on Vimeo.

There are some creatures that are hard to believe aren't CGI creations from a sci-fi horror film. The bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois) is one of them.

Bobbit worms are giant invertebrates that lie in wait under the sand on the sea floor for an unsuspecting victim to swim or crawl too close. When that happens, they launch themselves upwards at speeds almost too fast for the human eye to see, grab their victim, and drag it to its death under the sand.

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Photo by Rickard Zerpe via Flickr Creative Commons.

Bobbit worms' terrifying mouth parts look like an unholy cross between the mouth of a Predator from the Schwarzeneggar movie and a sarlaac from Star Wars (although fortunately, they don't hunt humans for sport or take thousands of years to digest their prey).

They can grow to lengths of over 9 feet. They are venomous. They got their common name from the fact that because they attack their prey with such speed and force they often cut the fish in half, similar to a what abused wife Lorena Bobbitt did to her husband's man-parts. 

Here's another video showing the full body of a bobbit worm that was discovered lurking in an aquarium tank to add to the nightmare-fuel.

 

 Protect Wildlife with the National Wildlife Federation.

 

29 Jan

Rare Megamouth Shark Discovered, Washed Ashore in Philippines

A rare 15-foot megamouth shark was found washed ashore in the Philippines. The elusive fish was dead on discovery by local fishermen.

There have only been 66 reported sightings of the shark, Megachasma pelagios, with only 60 of those confirmed.  The species was only discovered in 1976.

#ThrowbackThursday: Remember this sighting from last Spring? >> "Rare Megamouth 'Alien Shark' Species Caught Off Japan Coast"

The megamouth can grow to 17 feet in length and they live in very deep ocean waters. The fish has been discovered in Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.

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Photo: YouTube video

The cause of death is yet to be determined by researchers. Keep up with the latest at the Facebook page of the Marine WIldlife Watch of the Philippines, who originally posted photos of the discovery >>

And, (if you speak Tagalog) watch the latest reports from the Philippines:

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22 Oct

Meet the Hellbender

Just in time for Halloween, I introduce you to the hellbender.

No, it's not one of Satan's minions or a CGI monster. It's a type of salamander native to the streams and rivers of eastern North America.  Despite its demonic-sounding name, this spectacular amphibian is completely harmless to people. Yet the species is rapidly declining due to human activity such as deforestation, erosion and chemical runoff into our streams--which is the real horror story.

Watch this video put out by the Forest Service and partners about one of North America's most fascinating and little-known wild animals.

 

The Last Dragons - Protecting Appalachia's Hellbenders from Freshwaters Illustrated on Vimeo.

Here's a close up of the ancient beauty of the hellbender, an animal perfectly adapted to and camouflaged in its environment.

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Photo by Brian Gratwicke via Flickr Creative Commons. 

Save Appalachian streams and the hellbenders that live in them with National Wildlife Federation.

20 Sep

Don't Want None, WHAAA? GIANT Anaconda Sighting in Brazil

Move over with the buns, huns — these boaters spotted one monster of an anaconda in a river in Brazil   The woman in the boat is understandably FREAKING OUT while the men want to pursue the beast — WHY?? I'm on your side, lady:

WHY, sirs, would you even touch that?! Don't mess with Mama Nature, friends:

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16 Sep

Loch Ness Monster Flees to England Ahead of Scotland's Independence Vote?

Is ol' Nessie making her own political statement by fleeing to England? Or, could this be a distant English cousin, "Bownessie"? ... Orrrr, just another HOAX?

Just days away from a historic vote to determine Scotland's future as part of the United Kingdom, photos of a lake monster spotted in England have been circulating the interwebs.  The photo was captured at the Lake District in Windermere, where sightings have been reported since 2006.  If it is Nessie, well, she's a good 300 or so miles away from her Scottish home. 

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Photo Credit: REX USA/Autographer/Rex

Twenty-four-year-old photographer Ellie Williams had set up her camera to snap a few pics on timer of the lovely changing foliage.  Upon reviewing her images, she noticed her serendipitous capture:

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Photo Credit: REX USA/Autographer/Rex

What do you think? Hoax or REAL?  Post your theory in the Comments section below.

 

In the meantime, watch what Jeremy Wade's investigation into the Loch Ness monster uncovered:

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15 Jul

Testicle-Biting, 'Ball Cutter' Pacu Fish Caught in Michigan Lake

A Michigan woman caught a 14-inch pacu, a "testicle-biting" native of South America and relative of the piranha, in Lake St. Clair last week. 

Last summer, pacu were caught off the coast of Sweden as well. The fish has been dubbed the "ball-cutter" per its reputation of attacking human testicles.

Our own angler Jeremy Wade caught this "nutcracker fish"  when he investigated reports of two men who died from severe hemmoraging after being castrated by something in the water. His search took him to Papua New Guinea. Watch his report: 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources confirmed last week's catch by Holley Luft on July 9.  Officials believe the fish may have been dumped in the lake once it became too large for a private aquarium. Pacu can grow to be up to 55 pounds and 3 feet in length in the wild — and could become too aggressive as well for your home tank.

In other words ... maybe NOT get a pacu for the house.

Watch Jeremy Wade's How to Catch a River Monster digital series and learn how he caught the ball-cutter:

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29 Jun

Cutest Attack Ever: Itty Bitty Shark Bites Swimmer, *Grrr*

It's that time of year when shark is on the brain among many summer, ocean lovers. And, though they may often be frightening incidents, here's an encounter from a few months ago that proved to be ... well, ADORABLE:

The swimmer, a man named Carlos, was scuba diving when this tiny shark nipped and grabbed a hold of his swim trunks.  The tenacious little guy was determined and Carlos had to surface and return to their boat to get him to loosen his grasp.

Cutest. Attack. EVER.

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Photo: YouTube image

Though, as you can see from the video, Carlos is quite lucky the little thing didn't attach a few inches the other way.

Want to see more sharks? Watch our collection of amazing shark videos

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