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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:

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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 thedodo.com)

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.

YouTube/Duce Brickenson

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: http://cbsloc.al/1HUTTCT(Courtesy: 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 thedodo.com)

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.

Andrés Ruzo/National Geographic

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.

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Photo: YouTube image

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

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6 Jul

Giant Stingray Munches on Spider Crab

It's nom nom time for this lucky stingray.

It's a little bit like putting together the perfect outfit or lacing up a new pair of shoes, only to have your efforts ruined by a mustard stain or mud puddle. Except for this spider crab, it's molting its exoskeleton only to be eaten by a hungry giant stingray. Watch and see ... just wait for the carnage.

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6 Jul

Feeding Frenzy! Five Sharks Devour Sperm Whale Carcass (VIDEO)

While America was celebrating our nation's birth this weekend, the five sharks in the video below were going bananas over a sperm whale carcass off the coast of New South Wales, Australia.

According to the videographer and diver Brett Vercoe, three great whites and two tiger sharks were included in the frenzy which lasted for at least three hours.

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Photo: YouTube image

The toothed sperm whale will eat about one ton of fish and squid a day.  On average, they grow to 49 to 67 feet in length and can weigh 35 to 45 tons. To put that into perspective - an average U.S. car is about TWO tons.

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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


ABC US News | World News 

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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