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Scientists find great white shark lair in Pacific Ocean: report

Researchers from Monterey bay Aquarium and Stanford University discovered an area the size of Colorado between California and Hawaii that appears to be a “White Shark Café,” but it is unclear if the sharks are there for food or sex. The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Monday that authorities are trying to determine why these sharks spend months on an annual pilgrimage in winter and spring to the deep sea. Scientists say that it appears the sharks are out there to feast on the abundant amount of squid and small fish in the region. “They are telling us this incredible story about the mid-water, and there is this whole secret life that we need to know about,” Salvador Jorgensen, a research scientist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and one of the expedition’s leaders, told the paper. The are...

WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO: 9 lionesses brutally attack lion in front of horrified visitors at West Midlands Safari Park

This is the moment nine lionesses brutally attacked a lion in front of horrified visitors in Worcestershire, England. Shocking footage shows the pack of females tearing their teeth into the leader of the pride’s flesh at West Midlands Safari Park. The lionesses then drag him from the rocks into the water where he is seen helplessly roaring in pain. Safari workers at the enclosure in Bewdley, Worcs., had to step in and spray fire extinguishers at the beasts to break up the ferocious attack after the male was left covered in blood. It is conceivable the lionesses were trying to kill their leader because he was too old to run the pride. However, Mya Beverstock, who caught the attack on film, said the females may have pounced on him after a dispute over food. She said: “It pretty m...

Fishermen haul in monstrous skull and antlers of extinct Irish elk

Fishermen caught quite the catch with this enormous skull and antlers from an extinct Irish elk. Credit: Pat Grimes/Ardboe Heritage Fishermen in Northern Ireland pulled in the catch of a lifetime on Wednesday (Sept. 5), when they caught an enormous Irish elk skull that’s estimated to be more than 10,500 years old. The impressive specimen is about 6 feet (1.8 meters) across and is almost fully intact.  Raymond McElroy and his assistant, Charlie Coyle, caught the massive antlers in their fishing net in the northwest region of Lough Neagh, a large freshwater lake. The men were fishing in water no more than 20 feet (6 meters) deep, about a half mile from shore, said Pat Grimes, a local historian who shared his photos of the impressive discovery. “I was shocked to begin with when I ...

North Carolina UPS driver’s 3-word failed delivery note becomes viral hit

A North Carolina woman said a bear prevented her from getting her package on time.  (iStock) A North Carolina woman was expecting to find a package on her doorstep last week — but instead, she found an unusual note from a UPS driver in her mailbox. The driver left Marcy Lanier a failed delivery notice, explaining that a “bear in driveway” prevented him or her from leaving the package. Lanier couldn’t help but laugh while reading the message. In fact, the Asheville resident found the situation so hilarious, she decided to share it with friends on Facebook. ALABAMA SCHOOL’S HILARIOUS ‘OPT OUT’ FUNDRAISING LETTER GOES VIRAL “Like I say. Only in Asheville!” Lanier wrote, posting a photo of the slip. The photo went viral, garnering more than 2,200...

Glowing NASA map shows huge dust clouds swirling across Earth

Credit: NASA Earth Observatory We live our whole lives wandering from one cloud of dust to the next. The air is full of the stuff: salt wafting in from the sea, black carbon soot from wildfires and all sorts of dusty emissions from heavy industry. Usually, all that aerosolized gunk is invisible to us — but not to NASA’s satellites and ground sensors. In a stunning new illustration, shown above, NASA’s Earth Observatory reveals the invisible, tiny particles swirling around us. NASA combined data from multiple sensors on satellites such as the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on Aqua and Terra, as well as ground based sensors, to create a colorized image of the aerosol plumes. [Earth Pictures: Iconic Images of Earth from Space] Some of these dust clou...

16-foot great white shark comes within ‘arm’s length’ of underwater photographer

File photo of a great white shark.  (Discovery Channel via AP)) An underwater photographer had a terrifying — yet breathtaking — view of a 16-foot great white shark in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Massachusetts this week. Photographer Keith Ellenbogen was freediving in the ocean, roughly 25 miles out from Boston, while capturing images of marine life for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration when a very large guest paid him a surprise visit. Initially, Ellenbogen and his camera were reportedly focused on a humpback whale swimming nearby. But suddenly, he spotted a large shadow swimming toward him. He turned, and shot footage of what he soon found out was a great white shark. GREAT WHITE SHARK KILLS DOLPHIN, LOSES MEAL TO EVEN BIGGER SHARK “I ...

NASA will launch a laser into space next month to track Earth’s melting ice

NASA is preparing to launch a cutting-edge, laser-armed satellite that will spend three years studying Earth’s changing ice sheets from above. Called the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), the mission is currently scheduled to launch in mid-September. The satellite will be able to measure the changing thickness of individual patches of ice from season to season, registering increases and decreases as small as a fifth of an inch (half a centimeter). “The areas that we’re talking about are vast — think the size of the continental U.S. or larger — and the changes that are occurring over them can be very small,” Tom Wagner, a NASA scientist studying the world’s ice, said during a news conference yesterday (Aug. 22). “They benefit from an i...

‘Big One’ talk swirls as 69 massive earthquakes hit the Pacific’s Ring of Fire in 48 hours

A large swath of earthquakes hit the Pacific’s so-called Ring of Fire earlier this week, prompting some to wonder if it is a precursor to the oft-discussed massive earthquake, colloquially known as “the Big One.” Sixty-nine earthquakes, including 16 tremors registering 4.5 or above on the Richter scale, recently hit the area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which recorded the events but did not issue a warning. Several of the quakes registered significant impacts, including one that hit 5.0 and shook the area on Tuesday morning. Fiji appeared to be the most impacted, as five tremors above a 4.5 magnitude hit the small island. ‘BIG ONE’ COMING? EARTHQUAKES OFF THE WEST COAST COULD TRIGGER A GLOBAL EVENT Luckily, the earthquakes did not reach the...

Astronaut captures incredible typhoon image from space

Typhoon Soulik swirls in an Aug. 20, 2018, image from the Suomi-National Polar Orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) satellite. Credit: VIIRS/Suomi-NPP/NASA/NOAA NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold caught a spectacular view of Typhoon Soulik swirling toward southern Japan from his post on the International Space Station. Arnold posted the image on Twitter Aug. 20, warning everyone to stay safe in the wake of the whirling storm. According to the Washington Post, Soulik is one of three storms currently churning in the Pacific Ocean — Hurricane Lane, which may hit Hawaii, and typhoons Soulik and tropical storm Cimaron, heading toward East Asia. Soulik’s winds are traveling at 115 mph (185 km/h), which is equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, and may hit the Amami Islands of Japan as early as Aug. 21...

Melting Arctic could rapidly unlock ‘deep carbon’ buried in permafrost

(Credit: NASA) Arctic lakes could release a vast reservoir of ancient carbon buried deep under the permanently frozen ground, or permafrost, thereby accelerating climate change. These lakes, which form when surface ice melts and the ground beneath it collapses, could thaw underground permafrost much faster than scientists thought was possible, a new study reveals. [Images of Melt: Earth’s Vanishing Ice] Previously, scientists thought the bulk of this deep thawing of Arctic permafrost would likely not happen until after 2100. Rapid changes in the Arctic Climate change is taking hold in the Arctic faster than it is on the rest of the planet, and one of the biggest risks associated with warming temperatures in the region is permafrost melt. The deep layers of permanently frozen soil tha...

Great white shark kills dolphin, loses meal to even bigger shark

A shocking video shows a great white shark proudly carrying around its latest victim — a dolphin — when suddenly an even bigger great white swoops in to steal the meal straight from its mouth.  In a video shared by Shark Watch South Australia on Wednesday, a 12-foot great white is seen successfully taking a dead dolphin from a 10-foot shark as a group of shocked oyster farmers watch the scene unfold off the coast of Smoky Bay, Australia. Fins can be seen splashing in the water, as if the pair were both briefly tugging at the creature, before the bigger shark swims away with the prey. Moments later, the 12-foot shark starts to devour the dolphin just feet from several fishing boats. “The incident involving two great white sharks ended in fatal circumstances for a dolphin which was att...

Mysterious fur covered sea ‘monster’ washes up on beach: ‘Could it be some ancient creature?’

Several giant, hairy creatures have washed up in recent years.  (REUTERS) Is it the remains of a woolly mammoth — or a decaying whale? Those were the questions on beachgoers’ minds as they gathered around a giant, hairy sea creature that was beached in Siberia. The mysterious creature, which doesn’t appear to have a prominent face with eyes, recently washed up from the Bering Sea. “The most interesting thing to me is that the creature is covered with tubular fur. Could it be some ancient creature?” local Svetlana Dyadenko asked according to The Siberian Times. “I wish scientists could inspect this enigma that [the] ocean threw at us.” MYSTERIOUS 20-FOOT SEA CREATURE COVERED IN SHAGGY HAIR WASHES UP ON PHILIPPINES BEACH The creature is about three times a...