Animals

Plastic Waste In Our Oceans is Killing Baby Sea Turtles

Our planet has become a human dumping ground of discarded items and has been going on for some time now.  Our oceans and waterways are major threats to other animal life and it’s getting worse.  One photographer decided to capture the effect of litter that is threatening baby sea turtles in Honduras. The footage is shocking and totally non-acceptable.

A photographer from Honduras, Caroline Power, has been documenting the plight of endangered baby hawksbill sea turtles threatened by plastic pollution.  She is hoping her photographs will have an impact on humans discarding their trash wherever they please and will hopefully save the endangered animals.

Trash accumulation in Roatan might not be as large as the enormous Great Pacific Garbage Patch but is still endangering and killing vulnerable species like the hawksbill sea turtle.

These animals are not able to speak for themselves but Caroline’s photos have clearly shown the plight of these helpless turtles struggling to just stay alive in an environment that is loaded with plastic trash.  These young sea turtles have mistaken plastic garbage as food which will cut their lives in half.  In many cases, while filming, this photographer has freed many sea turtles caught up in plastic rings or empty snack containers.

Not Edible

The bottom line, one piece of plastic ingested by these turtles is fatal.  Really young sea turtles run a very high risk of dying after eating plastic with 50% dying after eating 14 pieces.  It’s shocking that the threats to the survival rate of endangered sea turtles’ are very low because they are unable to regurgitate this plastic.

Sandra Hochscheid, a marine biologist. said there must be a reduction in using plastic and significant changes are needed.  Caroline believes the problem in Roatan is caused by various plastic traveling from the Motagua River and other waterways in Honduras and Guatemala.

People need to understand the impact this lifestyle is having on wildlife and make the choice to use less single-use plastics. In 2018, NowThis News showed Caroline’s exclusive video “Baby Turtles Struggle to Swim Through Plastic Pollution in Honduras”. This video has received well over six million views as of March 2019.

Hopefully, this film and many others will force the human being to wake up and realize the destruction they are causing our planet and the lives of other living creatures.  Plastic items must be discarded in proper receptacles and safely destroyed or re-processed properly.

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Lobster Inspired Body Armor

As fantastical as it sounds, our next innovation in defensive body armor for our military and law enforcement officer’s may be inspired by a million-year-old sea creature who is not only a tough customer but also happens to be delicious when served with a side of melted butter.

Ming Guo, from the mechanical engineering department of MIT, had a breakthrough when he was enjoying a lobster at dinner. He noticed that lobsters have membranes between their joints that is as strong as tire rubber.

He realized that this naturally growing material was nearly impossible to chew but was also flexible and soft. His thought was that this material would be perfect in the joints of body armor.

A study released in Acta Materialia states: “The knowledge learned from the soft membrane of natural lobsters sheds light on designing synthetic soft, yet strong and tough materials for reliable usage under extreme mechanical conditions, including a flexible armor that can provide full-body protection without sacrificing limb mobility.”

Ming explains, “We think this work could motivate flexible armor design. If you could make armor out of these types of materials, you could freely move your joints, and it would make you feel more comfortable.”

The Flawed Effectiveness of Kevlar

While bulletproof vests are a valuable tool for law enforcement officers and military, they do have a few drawbacks. Kevlar’s effectiveness only spans around five years, at which time they should be replaced. Kevlar is also bulky and unforgiving, not suitable for all body types.

In particular, women frequently need to have Kevlar vests altered.  Because Kevlar is bulky, it interferes with concentration and marksmanship abilities. Making the vests more mobile decreases their effectiveness.

To be truly effective, body armor needs to be flexible and light to allow the wearer to move freely.  It also needs to be tough and made from materials that are abundant for ease and affordability of manufacturing.

As hard as it is to imagine a lobster-inspired bulletproof vest, the body armor of the crustacean fulfills all of these qualities. Researchers from MIT and Harvard are currently exploring how best to harness the benefits of lobster armor for human use.

Learning from Lobsters

Even though lobster armor brings to mind a cartoon character with claws and a bright red suit, it’s not so far-fetched.  As body armor evolves to be stronger and more flexible, chances are that bulky armor, made from cloth and Kevlar, will become a distant memory.

Science fiction films hint at ways that body armor will improve.  In fact, the Robert Rodriguez film, Alita: Battle Angel, hints that in the distant future, humans will sport robotic body parts.

For now, MIT scientists are taking their cues from a million-year-old lobster who has evolved to fit their habitat perfectly.  Their armor protects them from temperature extremes and other intense under-water conditions, and one day, it may protect our LEO’s and military from equally intense conditions on duty and in the battlefield.

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Animals Funny Stories

Watch (and laugh): Offended Kangaroo Attacks Paraglider

We feel that this guy should consider himself lucky taking into consideration that this situation could have gone much worse due to the possessive nature of the kangaroo. However this time they felt mercy and chose to leave the human be.

Humans have this funny characteristic of associating certain human qualities with animals in the wilderness. One explanation of why we do this is an attempt to make these highly unpredictable wild animals familiar to us.

So the lion becomes heroic and brave, the donkey is stubborn, the wolf is a loner, the fox is tricky and the cat is extremely curious. Sure, they exhibit some of these behaviors and traits, but it is more likely than not their natural survival instinct kicking in, rather than any human-like behavior on their part.

This means that a cat can be stubborn, a wolf can be curious and a fox can be brave, no matter how we stereotype them.

We have long lived with the saying “curiosity killed the cat” but it appears that cats aren’t the only ones who enjoy curious enough to chase red laser dots. In fact watch as these playful fish go right into action!

Their owner is extremely entertained by their antics as they mindlessly follow the fluorescent red dot appearing in their makeshift habitat. They often hit a dead end or the rocks in their pursuit, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to catch it.

Lets take for instance someone coming into your home without your permission? Now that you have that question sorted out we bet this kangaroo feels the same.

Lets hear a couple of words from the paraglider. “I had been Paragliding cross country for two hours near Canberra and had reached a position where I had to land. I was concentrating on the landing and didn’t notice the Kangaroo until after I landed. As it ran towards me I thought it was being friendly so I said ‘What’s Up, Skip?’ It then attacked me twice before hopping away.”

What do you think about this video? Make sure you tell us more in the comments down below. If you like what you see, don’t forget to share it with others who might like it as well. It just might be the highlight of their day! Enjoy!

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Animals

Watch: Swan Icebreaker Plows The Way For Ducks

A heartwarming video has emerged of a swan using its body to break the ice and swim through a frozen lake. A group of ducks is seen following swan’s lead, as he struggles to break the ice by paddling through the frozen lake, making a swimming path!

These ducks receive some unexpected help from a generous swan as it helps break up the ice for them to swim. Teamwork makes the dream work! Footage shows a group of ducks following swan’s lead as he breaks the ice in front of him, while paddling through a frozen lake. Amazing!

The filmmaker noticed a brave swan paddling through a slight break in the ice of a frozen lake, struggling to make a path for ducks to swim. He watched as the swan and ducks moved mesmerizingly through the unfrozen water! Incredible!

Follow Me!

This ice-cool swan was captured on camera smashing his way through a frozen lake. The graceful bird moves so tenaciously through the cold water and breaks the ice like he is a cutting knife trying to slice a piece of cake!

This is a short video of a tenacious swan doing his best to break the ice in front of him and lead a group of ducks through an icy lake. Apparently, ducks used this swan to be their personal icebreaker and he didn’t mind lending a helping hand! He is their hero, and he is our hero too!

A heartwarming video has emerged of a swan using its body to break the ice and swim through a frozen lake. A group of ducks is seen following swan’s lead, as he struggles to break the ice by paddling through the frozen lake, making a swimming path!

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Animals

Watch: Scuba Divers Amazed By Smart Fish

Our oceans are full of mystery and magnificent creatures. They continually amaze us with their intelligence and understanding.

We have long thought of ourselves as being the only species with the capacity for complex thought, but if we truly pay attention to the animals around us, we can see that they are smarter than we give them credit for.

These scuba divers have descended to 70 feet below the waves and perched on a ledge near Darwin’s Arch, one of the most famous dive sites in the Galapagos Islands.

They have come to see hammerhead sharks and whale sharks that cruise past these islands on the ocean currents. They will watch as if they are in front of the world’s biggest IMAX screen.

Fishy Behaviour

As the divers sat and watched, a Mexican hogfish decided to hang around with them too. It swam around and looked at them curiously. It even swam under one of the divers when hammerhead sharks were close.

It seemed to fully understand that humans were nothing to be frightened of. But then it did something very surprising. One of the divers noticed that the fish was staring at a small rock and then staring at her.

The fish moved back and forth to her and then to the rock in front of her hands. The fish was acting so oddly that the diver beside her began to film the fish instead of looking for whale sharks and hammerheads.

It first appeared that the fish liked the diver. Eventually realizing that the fish was returning to the same rock repeatedly, she wondered if something under the rock was making the fish excited.

As she reached out to lift the rock, the fish darted in front of it and stared intently. To her surprise, as she lifted the rock, she found a baby octopus underneath.

This was a thrilling sight for the divers and it was obvious that the fish had seen or smelled the creature hiding beneath the rock. It was also possible that the octopus had been eating something that smelled interesting to the Mexican hogfish.

The octopus was far too big for the hogfish to eat, so it merely watched as the divers filmed it out in the open.

Fish become used to divers very quickly and they often understand that humans will not try to harm them, but to try to communicate with a diver and signal to a diver that something is under a rock would require more complex thought and understanding than we once believed they were capable of.

If the fish was truly hoping that the diver would lift the rock, that’s even more surprising. Yet, we see this sort of behavior constantly between groupers and scuba divers who spear hunt for lionfish.

The groupers will actually locate the lionfish and stare into the hiding spots until the diver responds. The more we pay attention to the animals around us, the more we see that we have a lot to learn about them.

Our oceans are full of mystery and magnificent creatures. They continually amaze us with their intelligence and understanding.
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Animals Cool Stories TooCool

Must See: Viral Dramatic Dog Photos

Known for their ability to see things outside of the box, photographers tend to be among the most creative people around. They often see an opportunity to create a very cool picture and take it with both hands. One photographer who has found herself going viral recently, though, is that of Jess Bell.

The Canadian has been around for three years and often gets rave reviews for her work, with her specialty being artistic imagery involving animals.

Desiring to make a big impact with her next shoot, though, Bell decided to get some dogs together that belonged to her friends. The idea was to get the dogs in natural, normal poses – such as catching a Frisbee.

Before they would go for the big jump, though, she would cover the dog with colorful powder and watch as art became nature. The results are pretty incredible, which you can see for yourself below.

The images are pretty incredible, showing just how easy it is to blend together nature with some added color and zest. By picking colors which would immediately create a positive contrast with the dog itself, each shot would show the dogs standing out amid the chromatic explosion of dust all around them.

Jess, a loving dog owner and trainer, decided to go for this approach as it would offer something totally different. It also helped to show just how unique dogs can be: when we see a couple of dogs jumping, we just see two dogs. With the help of this photo shoot, we can see far more than that: we get to see the unique shape and form of each of the dogs come to life in stunning fashion.

An Explosion Of Color

Given her love of dogs and her ability to train them so well, you can rest assured that these creative displays would never hurt or risk the health of the dogs in any way, shape or form.

By using non-toxic color sets, and with ample ventilation, each shot would only produce a stunning image, with no health risk or challenge put to the dogs – and also ensuring that the dogs would never inhale the powder by ensuring it stayed clear of their airwaves.

Part of the inspiration for this shot came from Andrea Zachrau, a specialist in horse photography who used a similar approach to make horses stand out in stunning style. After taking a look at her photos, it’s easy to see where the inspiration would have come from for Jess.

However, she made her shot well and truly her own, with some pretty spectacular results coming along the way. Take a look yourself; if you are a photographer, you might get some pretty outstanding inspiration!

Known for their ability to see things outside of the box, photographers tend to be among the most creative people around. They often see an opportunity to create a very cool picture and take it with both hands. One photographer who has found herself going...

Animals

Watch: Surprising Best Friends

This is the heartwarming saga of Jupiter the Impala and his little human friend little Oliver. The orphaned impala was brought to live at the Free to Be Wild Sanctuary in Zimbabwe, where he met baby Oliver. The two have been best friends ever since.

We can understand when dogs and other domesticated animals remember people. We hear all the time about cats and dogs that travel long distances to return to their homes, after being stranded or lost in faraway places.

But the Impala is a wild animal, and we don’t expect such creatures to be friendly with the human species. Yet, here it is, kissing the small human child it has befriended a couple of years before.

Up Close And Personal

The scene is full of warmth and heart and raises questions about how closely all living things are related. In the wild there are strict rules about who’s a predator and who’s prey.

If you take away the need to hunt or be hunted from the equation, it brings everyone much closer. Animals that once instinctively ran away from us will now sidle up to us, and even show some affection.

Emotional Impala

These watershed moments teach us that animals are emotional creatures capable of understanding and love. It’s quite amazing to realize that living things so seemingly far apart can actually be so close.

Even though impalas don’t speak in a human tongue, they are still capable of communicating in the universal language of love. If you were ever one of those who hunted impala, you might be inclined to give up your rifle, or perhaps just aim it at artificial targets after watching this.

Even though the Impala is so much bigger than Oliver, not to mention that he sports dangerous looking horns that any predator in the wild must be wary of, he’s actually very gentle with the human child, kissing Oliver, and patiently accepting of Oliver ‘s little hands reaching toward its muzzle.

Oliver’s parents are amused by the interaction, as they obviously know something about the relationship that we don’t. The two aren’t new at this; theirs is a recurring tryst, but a lifelong and permanent friendship.

We can take away important lessons here, that whether you are two-legged or four, none of us are aliens on Planet Earth. We all belong here, sharing the great blue marble with divergent physical forms. We have a lot more in common than meets the eye.

This is the heartwarming saga of Jupiter the Impala and his little human friend little Oliver. The orphaned impala was brought to live at the Free to Be Wild Sanctuary in Zimbabwe, where he met baby Oliver. The two have been best friends ever since.

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Animals

Watch: Porcupine Vs. Human

Porcupines are slow-moving and docile animals. They don’t harm anyone and they are no threat to other animals, unless they are attacked. Armed with thousands of sharp quills, their only defense is to bristle their quills and swing their bodies to jab an attacker in the mouth.

Contrary to the widespread myth, they cannot shoot their quills. They can’t even move quickly so they would be easy prey without them. Their natural reaction is usually to stand their ground or to slowly walk away. They will climb a tree if given the chance.

Porcupines eat plants and bark, scraping off the tough outer bark to get at the soft and tasty inner bark of trees. They will also chew on wood, especially if it has been coated in salt, such as the posts at the side of a highway.

They are adorable creatures with a furry face that resembles a beaver. Even their large teeth are similar to those of a beaver. Humans don’t normally get a close look because these animals are shy and will retreat or move higher in a tree.

Tom was out in the wilderness near Sault St. Marie when he came across this very fat porcupine happily chewing on a sapling. Tom was taking his dogs for a walk on the trail but saw this creature in the tree. He secured his dogs and then decided to walk over and see the porcupine close up.

Expecting that it would climb or walk away to safety, he believed his approach would prevent a meeting with his dogs. Instead of retreating, the porcupine looked at him calmly and then chattered his teeth. Tom is a friendly fellow and he began recording and speaking with the porcupine in a hilarious fashion, asking for a repeat of the teeth chattering.

As if happy to oblige, the porcupine actually did what was asked. Tom, ever the gentleman, thanked the porcupine for being so agreeable and ended the recording. The result is a very unusual conversation and exchange between a man and a wild porcupine.

Porcupines are slow-moving and docile animals. They don’t harm anyone and they are no threat to other animals, unless they are attacked. Armed with thousands of sharp quills, their only defense is to bristle their quills and swing their bodies to jab an...

Animals

Watch: Scuba Diver Finds Himself Surrounded By Sharks

The ocean’s deadliest predator lurking beneath the waves, ready to strike without warning. You would think that hanging out underwater in shark territory would be the most dangerous place to be in the ocean.

However our fears are not always rational, more often they’re primal, i.e. based on emotion rather than facts! When most people think of sharks, they instinctively remember the horror movie Jaws.

While scuba diving off the coast of South Africa, this person managed to put himself right into the middle of a massive gathering of sharks. The ocean around him is filled with hungry sharks.

In just a few minutes, the sea became thick with them, approaching from all directions. However scary it may sound, this scuba diver doesn’t seem to care that much and is very cool about it!

He is under 30 feet of water and without a cage, off the coast of South Africa. We bet he finds it impossible to keep track of all the sharks around him. We counted at least 20 of them, with more dark shapes lurking in the murky depths below.

For most people, fear is something they avoid at all costs. For others, it’s what drives them! We bet this person was in a search for adrenaline when he went on such a dangerous quest!

We guess it is his personality trait known as sensation seeking, i.e. thriving for adventure, risks, and sensory overload!

While swimming with sharks is not as dangerous as it seems, that doesn’t mean it won’t give you a good jolt of adrenaline anyway. Sharks are beautiful, powerful, agile creatures.

Capable of both extreme violence and incredible elegance. Attacks on humans are exceedingly rare, despite all the negative media attention they receive.

The ocean’s deadliest predator lurking beneath the waves, ready to strike without warning. You would think that hanging out underwater in shark territory would be the most dangerous place to be in the ocean.

However our fears are not always rational, more...

Animals

Get Your Dog A Beer. Now You Can (Can? Can!)

For many dog owners, their dog tends to be among their closest friends. The kind of loyalty often shown by a dog simply does not happen too often in life. It’s for this reason that, when we have a dog, we can enjoy social activities with it like we would a friend.

If you ever wanted to enjoy a cold one with your canine, though, you would be putting its health at active risk. Thankfully, though, you no longer need to worry about that.

While drinking has long been a part of the culture in the west, many of us do enjoy just a few quiet drinks.

This means that, as you sit with your dog, you might choose to give him a little sip of your beer. Thanks to the developers behind the wonderfully named Good Boy beer, you can now give him a full tin all to himself!

The dog can now enjoy a nice can of beer with you, making sure that both parties get to enjoy a wonderful social experience. If you want to sit with your mates and have a few beers, then you can now make sure your dog does not feel left out of the social experience.

Created in Houston, Texas, Good Boy Beer is made by the creative duo of Meg and Steve Long. The best thing about this, too, is that the beer is actually free entirely of alcohol. So, don’t worry, you won’t need to worry about your dog getting drunk and wrecking the place!

Instead, this drink works as a helpful and enjoyable digestive aid. The beverage is sold in over 20 locations now and looks set to take a pretty huge jump in popularity in the near future.

What Does This Beer Involve?

Good Boy Beer, then, is made to help ensure that your dog can enjoy a drink with you. It’s made using many of the same tools that you would work within a brewery, but there is no fermentation process that takes place.

Made from safe and natural ingredients, this tasty treat will make sure that your dog can enjoy a drink that helps its food to settle after a meal.

It’s got important ingredients in there, including turmeric as well as a happy helping of meat and vegetables. This helps to make sure that your dog can enjoy the beer – we just probably wouldn’t recommend that you try one yourself.

If you find yourself in a bar in the near future and you want to bring your dog with you, you should recommend they start selling Good Boy Beer. With it being sold in a range of dog-friendly establishments, this “beer” looks set to be a major hit.

There are some comical flavors and names out there for it already, with some very pun-tastic names used throughout the collection. If you want to help your dog enjoy the delightful act of having a beer with you, then, this might just be the perfect place to start out!

For many dog owners, their dog tends to be among their closest friends. The kind of loyalty often shown by a dog simply does not happen too often in life. It’s for this reason that, when we have a dog, we can enjoy social activities with it like we would a...

Animals

Watch: Just Another [Shark] Day In My Backyard

This unsettling video footage shows a shark prowling in the backyard of one stunned Florida resident’s home. Dick Frey, 69, shot the frightening footage two weeks ago from his home in Bonita Springs. In the video, the nine-foot bull shark is spotted swimming close to the docks through the channel just outside his building.

It was a sunny morning when this elderly man decided to have his first coffee just outside in his backyard, when he suddenly noticed something strange in the waters. Soon, he realized in shock that it’s a giant shark, curiously wandering around.

The man was quick to shoot all of this on camera, even though we’re sure he was terrified by the sight. As much as sharks are scary, they are pretty simple creatures that do not want much to do anything with humans. They are a valuable animal that is part of the ecosystem of the ocean and without them, the balance of the ocean would be in dismay. The video is like a scene from a Hollywood horror movie and it makes our blood freeze in our veins. Imagine seeing a shark in the pool of your own backyard. Wouldn’t you be taken aback? We bet you would!

Just look how it is roaming freely in the water without even taking notice of where it is. It looks like this shark doesn’t bother that it isn’t swimming in the deep blue of the ocean as long as it has enough space to make itself happy.

If you are curious about some more bull shark sightings, then we suggest watching the following video where reef sharks brought a pair of bull sharks, one of the most aggressive and unpredictable of the shark species. What started as a quiet dive became more thrilling than these divers expected. The sharks passed close enough to give a very clear view of their cold eyes and impressive teeth. Divers know that there is a fine line between curiosity and aggression and that improper behavior will have serious consequences.

The divers in this video all surfaced without any incidents, but they were all surprised to have been greeted by the bull sharks. This dive took place on a wall near the famous Blue Hole near San Pedro, Belize. Reef sharks are a relatively common sight but it is quite rare to see bull sharks swimming so close to scuba divers.

The truth is that shark attacks are rare, even in the case of bull sharks, and if the divers remain calm, stay together and stay vertical, their chance of experiencing a serious problem is very small. Even though they know this to be true, the divers can be seen moving closer together and instinctively pulling their feet and hands in closer.

Have you ever seen one of these sharks before? What would your reaction be if you saw one of these? We would love to hear your opinion so please do not hesitate to leave a comment! Please share this video with your family and friends as it will surely shock them. This is one clip that no one should miss!

This unsettling video footage shows a shark prowling in the backyard of one stunned Florida resident’s home. Dick Frey, 69, shot the frightening footage two weeks ago from his home in Bonita Springs. In the video, the nine-foot bull shark is spotted...

Animals Health Science

France Fighting For Bees, Banning Pesticides

Bee population is dwindling. That, we know. Why is it happening? No one is 100% sure, but the main suspects are pesticides.
“Why should we care?” You ask. “Fewer bees, fewer stings,” you say.
Well, NO.

Beekeeping provides pollination services and honey production. Many crops are dependent on honeybees for pollination. In the United States, bees provide pollination for more than 90 different crops, including fruits and vegetables.

So, no bees = no crops = no food. And of course that there are other implications, such as what insect would rule the skies, now that bees are gone?
So, to try and keep the bees alive, France has taken a drastic step.

France is on its way to becoming the first European country to ban five varieties of pesticides which researchers believe are the neonicotinoids that are killing the bees.
French farmers are not happy as they are now afraid their cops would be harmed by insects and pests. They are angry that no solutions have been given instead of the ones banned for use.
France has stepped one step further than the European Union which bans only three neonicotinoids. This French ban is forced not only in outdoor fields but also in greenhouses.

Like nicotine

Britain at first, opposed this ban, but they are coming around after seeing real hard evidence supporting it. Britain is also suffering from whole bee colonies suddenly dying.
In the US, researches have also found that bees have been getting addicted to these harmful pesticides. These neonicotinoids are like nicotine to the brain. It’s been proven that these chemicals have been attacking insects’ central nervous systems and male bees’ sperm count, memory and navigation abilities.

Some angry French farmers don’t see any substantial evidence to connect pesticides with bee population decline. Even FNSEA, the biggest farming union in France, said that in places where no alternative can be found, the ban must be lifted. They also said that this ban will lead to unfair competition between French farmers and other European or worldwide farmers.
On the other hand, the French public health agency, ANSES, say that there are quite a few sustainable and efficient alternatives which are already operational throughout France.
We all hope this will be the beginning of a fight for better pest control.

Bee population is dwindling. That, we know. Why is it happening? No one is 100% sure, but the main suspects are pesticides.
“Why should we care?” You ask. “Fewer bees, fewer stings,” you say.
Well, NO.

Beekeeping provides pollination services and...

Animals

Yuk! Bugs You’ll Want To Keep A Distance From

For anyone who enjoys watching I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here, part of the enjoyment is watching your (least) favorite celebs take on horrifying acts of self-destruction. While there is lots to ‘enjoy’ about the show, one of the less enjoyable parts is seeing the uniquely horrifying collection of critters they share their time with.

Let’s take a look at some of the haunting critters that you might run into in this world. We’ve combed the Guinness World Book of Records to find some creatures that will probably make you take a good few looks around at night.

South American Super Spiders

While a trip to the Latin paradise of South America is very fun indeed, many of us who hate spiders should think twice. You see, the continent is home to the goliath bird-eating tarantula. Huge in nature and in size, it’s a terrifying beast who has legs alone which can span as much as 11cm.

They are fat fellas, too. the heaviest ever found, Rosi, was found by the GWBOR to weigh as much as 6.1oz. That’s seven times the weight of your average mouse!

Size Counts

When it comes to length, then the outrageously horrifying stick insect found at the Museum of West China in Chengdu. It was a whopping 25.1” in length, verified in 2017. It’s absolutely massive, and it makes it very easy indeed to see why the stick insect is so easy to forget about when it comes to their style.

Despite being so long, they blend in with the rest of the world with consummate ease: so much so you could easily look beyond it!

Knockout Blows

One of the most terrifying prospects of finding an insect you do not know about is that you might fear it stinging you. well, one of the most powerful stings ever was recorded by Justin O’Schmidt. Throughout this career, he’s had more than this fair share of bites and stings, which he records in his Schmidt Insect Pain Index.

Within that index, he noted that being bitten by a bullet ant might just be the sorest bite that you could ever feel – it’s almost akin to the pain of being shot by a gun, apparently.

Beauty To Finish It Up

Butterflies are among the most stunning animals in the world, but did you know that they are prolific travelers, too?

Indeed, the monarch butterfly of North America often flies as much as 100 miles in a single day. they often fly around the place without much work at all, and in a year could cover the equivalent distance of a flight from London to Vancouver!

Indeed, they are among the most commonly and vociferously travelled insects on the planet: not bad for a piece of natural eye candy, right?

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Australia’s Deadliest Animal Revealed, And It’s Not What You Think

What comes to your mind when you think of the world’s deadliest animals? It’s not surprising to mention some popularly known dangerous animals like Sharks, fearful snakes, giant spiders, bees, or even crocodile.

However, in Australia, it’s a totally different scenario that would shock you!

Famous with monstrous-looking crocodiles and poisonous reptiles, amazingly, these aren’t the main threats to livelihood.

The continents deadliest animals have just been revealed. And it’s most likely not what you were thinking. According to the ABC News report, Horses and cows have caused more deaths than bee stings, snake bites, and shark attacks combined.

In fact, the Australian Bureau of Statistics had reported that the unsuspecting farm animals were responsible for about 77 deaths between 2008 and 2017.

Mammals were considered to be the second deadliest animals in the category, accounting for about 60 human deaths. Hornets, wasps, and bees were responsible for 27 deaths, while Sharks and other marine animals caused 26 deaths, then 23 killed by snakes and lizards, dogs were 22, lastly is the crocodile with a total of 17 deaths within the period.

Similar findings in the US earlier in the year also revealed that the deadliest animals are farm and domestic mammals.

Despite these reports, it is important to note that most deaths in the region are not usually caused by animals but other factors.  As of 2017, one-in-10 deaths were due to coronary heart disease, though there has been a decline by over 20 percent.

Also, chronic disease such as Dementia, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, are the second leading causes of death with an increase by 68 percent over the past decade resulting in more than 13,000 deaths in 2017. While other diseases such as cerebrovascular diseases, chronic lower respiratory disease, and cancer of the trachea, bronchus, and lung maintained fifth place as leading causes of death.

Shockingly, intentional self-harm rates which increased by over 9 percent resulted in 3000 plus deaths. This made it the 13th leading cause of death in 2017.

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Dog Discovers 13,000 Year Old Mammoth Bone

I spend a lot of energy commanding my dog to stop digging in the backyard. After this story, maybe I will just allow him to dig, he might find a treasure in my backyard. In this case, the little dog discovered something spectacular and of huge scientific importance.

The dog, a Labrador retriever, lived in Whidbey Island, Washington with its owner. It loved to dig, and in September, the Labrador’s efforts paid off with the discovery of a 13,000-year-old mammoth fossil. At first, it was not clear what the object was, but the scent excited the dog. It was like the dog knew it had unearthed something of a great mystery.

The object was analyzed, and it later turned out to be a mammoth tooth. The dog’s owner Kirk Lacewell was excited about the discovery, and the potential of finding more fossils in his backyard.

Lacewell confirmed he knew when the dog named Scout discovered the fossil, but at that time it looked like a piece of rock. Scout had other thoughts, he played with the discovery and did not discard it; Scout carefully left the mammoth fossil at a location it could be seen by Lacewell the next day. A closer look revealed the object had the features of a bone. Lacewell washed it and realized that he was holding something that needed to be further examined by professionals.

The pictures of the bone were sent to the scientists at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum. They examined its features and determined what it was, and its age was estimated. Lacewell had read about such discoveries before but never imagined he will be the person to make such a finding. He was in possession of a mammoth’s tooth, it was incredible.

At the Burke Museum, it was confirmed that there had been so many other fossils of woolly mammoths discovered in different parts of the Whidbey Island. This indicates that many years ago the Island was home to hundreds of these creatures. The unique composition of their bones made it possible to be preserved for many years. The woolly mammoths are thought to have gone extinct after the last Ice Age which happened about 11,000 years ago.

It is not known if Lacewell plans to sell his mammoth tooth. For now, it hangs on his living room mantle, where he and other visitors can admire the tooth. There have been so many discoveries in the area, so museums are not particularly interested in purchasing the tooth because they have so many already. However, it helps to know that neighbors and friends will not have to make a trip to the museum if they want to see what a mammoth’s tooth looks like. All it takes is a visit to Lacewell’s home.

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