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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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27 Aug

Giant Grouper Takes Down Shark With One Bite

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That's one for the grouper!

Friends in Florida were in for a shock while fishing off the coast of Bonita Spring, FL this month. While reeling in a black tip shark, a goliath grouper jumped out of nowhere and took the predator in its mouth.

Don’t believe us? Take a look at the video posted to YouTube by user Gimbb14:

Some may find it surprising that a fish could attack a shark, but as we’ve seen on River Monsters, groupers aren’t ones to be messed with. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, goliath grouper (like the one in the video) can grow beyond eight feet and weigh as much as 800 pounds. And while shark isn’t on its usual menu, crustaceans, stingrays, octopus and young sea turtles are, making the fish a revered predator in the water.

Interested in learning more about groupers? Take a look at some video from River Monsters

15 Jul

Happy Shark Awareness Day!

Today is Shark Awareness Day! And with Shark Week swimming up quickly, what better way to celebrate everyone's favorite week a little early? Don't know how to celebrate? You could head over to our Shark Cam full of Blacktip sharks on APL!VE!

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You could also read some of these fast shark facts that show just how cool sharks are and why they need to be protected!

  • There are over 400 species of shark around the world, ranging in size from mere inches to over 50 feet!
  • Out of those 400 species, only 20 species of shark are known to attack humans.
  • Sharks can smell one drop of blood in a million drops of water.
  • Sharks have lived in our oceans for over 400 million years.
  • A shark's liver is full of oil, which makes the shark buoyant and better able to keep its balance in the water.
  • You are more likely to be injured by a cat, a dog, your toilet, lightening, or a bucket than be injured by a shark.
  • Humans are sharks' #1 predator, followed by killer whales, crocodiles, and seals.

Other ways to help and learn about sharks:

Need more convincing? Watch this video to learn What's To Love about Great White Sharks!

 

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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19 Jun

Father & Son Reel in Giant, Record-Breaking White Sturgeon

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When Ron Jarvis and his son Paul traveled from Atlanta, Ga., to British Columbia for a father-son fishing trip, little did they know they were about to make the record books.  On the first day of their three-day excursion along the Fraser River, the duo caught one of the largest white sturgeon ever reeled in.

While it may be common for people to hook one of these giant fish, winning what can be an hour-long battle to reel the monster in is where people often fall short.  Sturgeons are the largest freshwater fish that can be found in North America and are said to live for over 100 years and grow to be over 1,500 lbs. However, after over an hour of work, 19-year-old Paul Jarvis succeeded in reeling in the beast which was over 11 feet long, and approximately 882 lbs.

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5 Jun

River Monsters: Jeremy Wade Swims with Manatees, Offers Snacks

Now that Season 6 of River Monsters has wrapped, our intrepid angler and biologist Jeremy Wade continues his world travels, sharing his monster fishing tales and marine expertise. 

Last month, he stopped by the River Safari aquarium in Singapore where he dove with manatees, fed them some treats and swam alongside one of their captive arapaimas in River Safari’s Amazon Flooded Forest.

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20 May

A Moment in Monster History: The East River Monster

New York City doesn’t invoke visions of exotic creatures or wild animals (unless you count the big rats you find in the subway).

But two years ago, the Big Apple caught the attention of everyone, including scientists, when a bloated animal carcass washed up on the shores of the East River, near the Brooklyn Bridge. The creature, dubbed the East River Monster, was unlike anything anyone had ever seen (outside of the nearby Montauk Monster).

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What could the East River Monster be? (Photo Credit: Denise Ginley)

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16 May

Florida Fishermen Catch Pregnant Hammerhead, Deliver 20 Shark Pups

Fishermen in Venice, Fla., reeled in a large Hammerhead shark that turned out to be pregnant. The mama shark had a large bite mark wound on her side through which they could see babies, popping their heads out and trying to wiggle free.

The men continued to pull her to shore and deliver 20 baby shark pups:

What the group clearly may have not known is that the Hammerhead shark is an endangered species and should be cut from the line and released if caught.

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