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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.


15 May

A Monster Find: Warm-Blooded Opah Fish Discovered Deep in Pacific Ocean

In what is quite the discovery, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers found the first warm-blooded fish living deep in the Pacific Ocean, according to USA Today.

The Opah, unlike other fish, generate heat when they swim and have special blood vessels that distribute warmth throughout their disc-shaped bodies. Along with this, the Opah (considered deepwater predators) have "counter-current heat exchangers" in their gills that work to lessen heat loss and keep their body temperature above the water temperature as they swim 250 feet undersea, USA Today reported.

The opah isn't the only fish to warm it's body while swimming. Apparently tuna and sharks are known to temporarily warm their swimming muscles. However, the difference is that the opah can warm its entire body, similar to whole-body endothermy, which is how mammals and birds distinguish themselves from fish and reptiles.

Thanks to its warm-blooded talent, the opah is able to swim at faster speeds, something not common of deep, cold-water fish. Because of this, the opah benefits from quicker swimming, better vision and quicker responses - allowing it a better chance at survival.


Check out the latest River Monsters clip:

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.


14 May

British Cat Sets Guinness World Record for Loudest Purr

British cat Merlin just broke the Guinness World Record for having the loudest purr. According to BuzzFeed, this guy's purr reaches 70 decibels, perhaps the equivalent to having an AC unit or dishwasher running right in your face. For cat owners out there, you know how loud your cat's purr can be - can you even imagine having Merlin around? 

“Occasionally when he’s really loud I have to repeat myself," Merlin's owner, Tracy, said. When you’re watching films you have to turn the telly up or put him out of the room, if he’s eating he’ll purr loudly. I can hear him when I’m drying my hair."

 Merlin lives in Torquay, Devon (UK), is 13 years of age, and was adopted from an animal rescue centre in nearby Kingskerswell by his owner Tracy Westwood and her daughter Alice, according to the Guinness World Record website.

Meet the cat that last held the world record:

13 May

Firefighter's Helmet Camera Captures Amazing Dog Rescue (VIDEO)

A helmet camera captured the perils firefighters face on a daily basis - and also captured the rescue of a dog suffering from complications from smoke and heat, according to AOL.

St. Tammany Fire District No. 3 shared the video from last Wednesday's blaze in Lacombe, Louisiana. Apparently, the dog was rescued, given oxygen, then taken to an emergency vet, but it's condition is not currently known.

Watch this video of another amazing dog rescue by a firefighter:

12 May

Mary Lee the Great White Shark Has Traveled 20,000 Miles - and Become a Social Media Darling Along the Way

Mary Lee, a great white shark with her own Twitter account, has been traveling up and down the Eastern coast to the delight of fans and continues to send "pings" to let her followers know where she's at.

Mary Lee is part of a shark tracking program by OCEARCH that is dedicated to tracking more than 100 sharks around the world, according to the Babylon Village Patch. Mary Lee was first tagged off Cape Cod in 2012, and was named after one researcher's mother. Check out the video of her being tagged below:

While the Mary Lee Twitter account isn't run by OCEARCH, it's fulfilling the same goals as the research organization: making sharks less scary by studying their habits.

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12 May

After Spending 49 Days in a Shipping Container, This Cat Proves it Has Nine Lives (VIDEO)

Talk about having nine lives! An Australian cat named Pippa is miraculously alive after having spent 49 days in a shipping container, according to Time.

Pippa apparently snuck into the container while her owner was filling it with items for a neighbor who had just moved to Brisbane, Australia. When he opened the box, it was covered with cat hair, feces, and urine - and Pippa. Since she was so malnourished, she was taken to an animal welfare league, where she has been cared for, and has since moved in with a foster family. Rebecca Schilling, Pippa's owner, is working on bringing home the 3-year-old tabby, but also doesn't want to traumatize her further with long travel so soon after her ordeal.

Get tips on how to travel/move with cats here.

Watch this video to see how to ease your pet's anxiety while riding in the car:

7 May

Concerns Raised After Cancerous Tumor Found on Susquehanna River Fish

Tests Confirm Rare Cancer Findingin Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass SampleWILKES-BARRE, Pa. (May 4) – The...

Posted by Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on Monday, May 4, 2015

Questions about the safety of fish in Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River have been a topic of concern after a smallmouth bass caught last November tested positive for a large cancerous tumor. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) claims that the finding is an extremely rare occurrence, according to the Tech Times.

The fish caught in November was the only one found with a tumor like this, however, executive director of the PFBC John Arway believes that the finding is enough to suggest that the river may be impaired and that other fish could be in danger. Apparently, the organization has been concerned about the river's health after other smallmouth bass have been found with various lesions since 2005.

Despite the findings, The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) wants to do more tests before qualifying the river as impaired.

According to the article, the Pennsylvania Department of Health states that while fish with carcinoma have not been found to harm humans, they discourage consumption of fish with any visible masses, lesions or sores.

Watch this video of Jeremy Wade catching another type of bass:

6 May

Curious Koala Sneaks into Australian Hospital (VIDEO)

This koala apparently wanted to check out the emergency room at a hospital in Hamilton, Australia. According to The Guardian, the koala strolled in, checked out some of the rooms, then let himself back out. It was the first time one of these cute creatures had visited the hospital, according to hospital administrators.

Watch another koala video below!

30 Apr

$1.1 Billion Distributed to Preserve America's Wildlife and Natural Resources

Pigeon guillemot with a small fish in its beak. Cepphus columba. Farallon Islands, California. Photo: Jeff Foott

It was reported today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that $1.1 billion in revenues generated through the hunting and angling industry will be distributed to state and territorial fish and wildlife agencies throughout the nation, the Orange County Breeze reports.

California and Nevada will be the main beneficiaries of the funds, with over $63 million going to both states.

“These funds are the cornerstone of state-based efforts that are critical to the preservation of America’s wildlife and natural resources,” Service Director Dan Ashe said in a Press Release. “But they are also the fuel for a massive financial engine that benefits outdoor recreationists, hunters, boaters and anglers, equipment manufacturers and retailers, and local and regional economies. Their value cannot be overstated in providing opportunities for the next generation of Americans to get outdoors, experience our wild places and learn the importance of conserving our natural heritage.”

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30 Apr

Man Saves Villagers in India from Leopard Attack Using Only a Stick (VIDEO)

This Indian man is being hailed as a hero after he singlehandedly warded off an attack by a leopard with just a stick. The man, who the Times of India identified as Balram, works as a watchman in the village of Olani (as reported in the Inquisitr)

According to Inquisitr, the leopard had put villagers in a panic and they regarded Balram's actions as heroic.

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