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30 Jul

300-Pound Grouper Caught Off the Coast of Florida

"I was able to swim along side this beautiful animal and even touch its huge scales. After a few minutes of this close...

Posted by The Huffington Post on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It's a week of giants for Florida! First the 18-foot python, now this: a gargantuan grouper. On Monday, Florida doctor Sam Gerson went out on Cape Canaveral, Florida with a fishing charter. Little did he know he was going to make the catch of a lifetime. After dropping his line over a shipwreck site, he felt a nibble almost instantly.

"I dropped my line in and within seconds of hitting bottom, I felt a strong jerk. As I started reeling in, the rod bent until the tip was almost in the water. Soon I wasn’t reeling, but instead holding on for dear life as line was running out of the spool at an alarming speed," he told The Huffington Post.

After an hour of reeling, the massive grouper, nicknamed "The Dinosaur," breached the surface. According to their fishing guide, the fish weighed at least 300 pounds and could be more than 50 years old.

After snapping a pic next to his catch, Gerson let "The Dinosaur" back into his watery domain. 

Watch Jeremy Wade catch his own gigantic grouper here!

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: 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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28 Jul

Special Dogs Teach Kids That It's OK to be Different

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

Every person is different, of course, but when you're a little kid, being different can feel like one of the worst things ever. Drawing from this feeling, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Vet decided to do something to help kids with differences feel a little less alone — and that's how the Best Friends Bash was born.

The third annual Best Friends Bash took place on Wednesday, bringing together children with craniofacial disorders and dogs with similar issues. Almost all eight dogs in attendance have dealt with some sort of physical or health problem, similar to the kids present.

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27 Jul

60-Pound Carp Found in Drainage Ditch in Kansas

School Resource Officer Jamie Schmidt is spending her summer working as an Animal Control Officer, and last Friday she...

Posted by Olathe Police Department on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How often do you find a prized fish just sitting in a ditch for anyone to find?

That’s what happened this month in after a man found a 60-pound carp lying in a drainage ditch in Olathe, Kansas, according to Reuters.

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20 Jul

Dead Bowfin Fish Fights Back (VIDEO)

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Even though this bowfin was headless and gutted, it still managed to put up a fight. (Photo Credit: YouTube/Ed Cupp)

No head, no guts, no problem.

Forty minutes after it was reeled in, fileted and gutted, a bowfin still managed to move and make a statement, much to the shock of the fishermen that caught it.

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19 Jul

Shark Attack! Pro Surfer Punches Shark, Escapes Unharmed on Live TV (VIDEO)

Australian pro surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by two sharks during a surfing competition on live TV today in South Africa.


Fanning was picked up by boat by the competition's Water Safety personnel. He was unharmed from the encounter.

The finals of the J-Bay Open were canceled after the incident to ensure the safety of the competitors. The World Surf League issued the following statement following the incident:

"We are incredibly grateful that no one was seriously injured today. Mick's composure and quick acting in the face of a terrifying situation was nothing short of heroic and the rapid response of our Water Safety personnel was commendable -- they are truly world class at what they do.

The safety of our athletes is a priority for the WSL and, after discussions with both Finalists, we have decided to cancel the remainder of competition at the J-Bay Open. We appreciate the ongoing support we have in South Africa and once again want to express our gratitude to the Water Safety Team."

Watch the full video from the live TV broadcast and an interview with Fanning after the incident:

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17 Jul

Loch Ness Monster Mystery Answered?

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

Breaking news in the realm of legends: The famed and elusive Loch Ness Monster, also known as the affectionate nickname Nessie, who has been a mythological mystery for decades, may have a perfectly logical explanation.

One man, who has spent the last 24 years searching for Nessie, believes the monster is actually a large Wels catfish.

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Steve Feltham, who left life as he knew it to move to Loch Ness and try to solve the mystery, is determined to not let legend simply remain legend. "This is an explainable phenomena," Feltham told Sky News. "There is something to be explained in Loch Ness."

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14 Jul

Live Sharks Found Inside an Active Volcano

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(Guest post by Solon Kelleher from

Welcome to Kavachi, a volcano located in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, in the Solomon Islands. Its first recorded eruption was in 1939, and the most recent eruption occurred in January of 2014. In addition to venting the Earth's fiery innards, Kavachi also serves as a home for sea creatures, as National Geographic reported.

"When it's erupting, there's no way anything could live in there," says ocean engineer Brennan Phillips in the video below. That's what makes discovering these animals down inside the volcano so perplexing. They're living in a place where they could "die at any moment," so how do they survive? These are the questions which arise after viewing this stunning footage.

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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.

Photo: YouTube image

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

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8 Jul

9-Year-Old Boy Catches a River Monster

On June 29, Keegan Rothman caught his very own river monster, a 10-foot-long, 600-pound, 75-year-old white sturgeon to be precise, while on a fishing trip with his father. They were on Canada's Fraser River, a popular fisherman's destination due to its large sturgeon population. According to The Globe and Mail, Rothman was reeling in the giant for two hours. And at a mere 80 pounds, Rothman's strength and stamina is impressive. His father said, “We chased it around with the boat the whole day. At one point, it wrapped itself around a tree stump at the bottom of the river.”

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