Doorbell Cam Captures Man Getting Bitten By Snake

Doorbell Cam Captures Man Getting Bitten By Snake

This is some doorbell cam footage of Jerel Heywood getting bitten on the face by a snake while coming to visit a friend. Thankfully, the snake (which had been wrapped around the home's porch light) was nonvenomous and Jerel was quickly released from the hospital after a couple stitches and a round of antibiotics.


YOU WILL FEEL TINY AFTER WATCHING THIS SEA CREATURE SIZE COMPARISON

YOU WILL FEEL TINY AFTER WATCHING THIS SEA CREATURE SIZE COMPARISON

Sea Creature Size Comparisons Will Make You Feel Small

What are the biggest sea creatures? Think you know what lurks in the depths of the ocean? While nearly 95% of our oceans haven’t been explored yet, it’s hard not to let your imagination run wild. But thanks to brave explorers, deep-sea cameras, and awesome archaeologists, we do know about some pretty incredible sea creatures living in our waters today…and millions of years ago. From the 9-ft spider crab to the 60-ft prehistoric Megalodon, these sea dwellers come in all shapes and sizes! Have you ever heard about lion’s mane jellyfish? This invertebrate can grow up to 120 ft long! And it boasts a whopping 8 sets of 70 to 150 tentacles! Oh, boy!


Iranian Spider-Tailed Viper Perfectly Demonstrates 'The Circle Of Life'

Iranian Spider-Tailed Viper Perfectly Demonstrates 'The Circle Of Life'

Pseudocerastes urarachnoidesis in known as “Iranian spider-tailed viper” because of its unique elaborated arachnid-like caudal structure.The snake, reported only in western Iran so far, uses its tail movements for defence and hunting. By moving the tip of the tail, the structure is reminiscent of a moving spider, luring potential prey.


Take A Swim With One Of The Largest Great White Sharks Ever Recorded

Take A Swim With One Of The Largest Great White Sharks Ever Recorded

This is some new footage from off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii of some divers swimming alongside Deep Blue, a 20-foot long, approximately 50-year old great white shark and one of the world's largest known examples of the species. Divers say Deep Blue showed up to feed on a sperm whale carcass, and is currently believed to be pregnant.

One of the divers, Ocean Ramsey, told the Honolulu Star Advertiser that they had been filming tiger sharks feeding on the whale when the shark arrived.

"She was just this big beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our boat as a scratching post. We went out at sunrise, and she stayed with us pretty much throughout the day."

Great whites are rarely seen around Hawaii as they prefer cooler seas.

Ms Ramsey said older, pregnant great white sharks were the safest to swim near but cautioned against swimming anywhere where sharks were feeding.


Emperor Penguins Team Up To Defend Themselves Against A Predator

Emperor Penguins Team Up To Defend Themselves Against A Predator

Emperor penguins are considered the largest species of penguins, and they live on Antarctic coasts. They reach up to 122 centimeters in height and weigh between 22 and 45 kilograms.  Although they are the largest among the penguins, they have many natural enemies.

One of the enemies is the Giant Petrel bird that sees a delicious lunch of Emperor Penguins. The BBC team posted a video of a group of emperor penguins meeting this dangerous bird.

They squeezed themselves into a special formation to protect themselves, and soon after that, a special little hero saved their day. The Adelie penguin, which is much smaller than the Emperor penguins, just came by. It is much more dangerous because it is considered a very aggressive specie.


6 Remarkable Ways Animals Catch Their Food

6 Remarkable Ways Animals Catch Their Food

Claws and teeth are one way to catch a meal, but here are six animals that have evolved some pretty unique hunting techniques.


Hero Crawls Under A Burnt-Out Truck To Save A Cat From Wreck Of California Wildfire

Hero Crawls Under A Burnt-Out Truck To Save A Cat From Wreck Of California Wildfire

Douglas Thron and Shannon Jay heard the animal meowing for help as they surveyed the destruction caused by the fire in Paradise, California. In the footage, Shannon can be seen searching for the animal while Douglas stands a few feet behind.


FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Bizarre Facts About Bats

FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Bizarre Facts About Bats

There are over 1,200 species of bats across the globe and they have a large footprint as they make up 20% of the entire mammal kingdom. While the creatures may appear to be scary, upside-down-hanging mammals that even the Batman is afraid of, there is a lot more to them than that. Their saliva which is an anticoagulant is now a medication administrated to stroke victims. It is named “Draculin” after Dracula. There are bizarre bat facts that will tell you more about these creatures of the night. Did you know that bats can swim in stressful situations? Here is more.

1. Not all bats live in caves. Polygamous, thumb-sized, Honduran white bats sleep in the leaves in the rainforest where each leaf has one male and up to six females.

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Contrary to popular belief, not all bats live in caves. Take the Honduran white bat for example. These cute-looking, really tiny bats (3.7 to 4.7 cm long) have yellow, leaf-shaped noses and snow-white fur! They live in evergreen tropical rainforests and build leaf-tents, the majority of the times out of the leaves of the Heliconia plant. They cut the leaves at the midrib which makes the two parts of the leaves slump down because of their weight. This is home to them. They feel protected in their homes and do not fly out of it under any threat, camouflaging themselves from predators by staying motionless.

The Honduran white bats who feed only on fruits are polygamous and live in a leaf-tent with a harem of six females. A single offspring is known to be born to one female bat during the spring with the gestation period lasting a few weeks. They don’t sound like the bats we know of, do they? (source)

2. Bats have the capacity to eat insects equal to half their body weight every night. They can eat up to 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour.

Image credit: Gilles San Martin/Flickr

Bats can help an area to get rid of pests and bugs. Each bat is known to feast on 6,000 to 8,000 insects in one night, with the capacity to eat 1,200 mosquitoes or mosquito-sized insects in one hour. They also eat flies, gnats, cucumber beetles, and crop-destroying moths like the codling moth that affects 99% of the world’s walnut crops. Their ability to provide a natural pest control has made them popular with farmers. Another reason to thank these nocturnal mammals is chocolate. In Indonesia, when it was estimated what the cacao yield would be if they exterminated the bats, the result was a drastic drop of 22% which would run into a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars. (12)

3. Through what many naturalists call “reciprocal altruism,” well-fed bats will regurgitate blood and share it with other bats to keep them alive. Vampire bats cannot survive without blood for more than two nights.

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Female bats can be generous and lifesavers. If a vampire bat does not find blood for two nights in a row, the female bats feed them by regurgitating blood and sharing it with others in exchange for being groomed by them (licking their fur). When in captivity, female bats have shown exceptional care for new mothers. They have been observed feeding the new mother for weeks after a baby bat is born.

Vampire bats have special characteristics that are not common to other bats. They can walk, jump, and run and can also suck blood from an animal without harming it and sometimes, without waking it up. They occasionally bite humans for blood and can spread rabies. One researcher claimed that vampire bats can be tamed and can also be friendly to humans because when he called out the names he had given them, they would come flying to him. (source)

4. Research has revealed that the bats address each other as individuals. Not just that, they frequently argue with each other. Baby bats are also known to babble like human children.

Image credit: Suyash Dwivedi/Wikimedia

Researchers at Tel Aviv University translated “bat talk” through a machine learning algorithm and found out that the bats’ “squeaks” were them talking to each other. They found that Egyptian fruit bats, for example, communicate specific problems with each other when they gather in their roosts. The researchers were able to classify the bat calls in four categories, one of which was the bats arguing about food. Another one was about a dispute about positions in their sleeping cluster. The calls were not at all random.

Another human-like thing bats do is babble as babies. The fruit bats were raised by scientists in a vocal vacuum. As a result of this study which was published in the journal Science Advances, it was found that they babbled throughout their childhood before they learned to communicate effectively. (12)

5. A bat named “giant golden-crowned flying fox” is a massive species of bats that has a five-foot wingspan and can be as big as a child.

Image credit: Gregg Yan/Wikimedia

A species that is facing extinction, the “giant golden-crowned flying fox” megabat is found in the forests of the Philippines at an elevation up to 3,600 feet. These bats are one of the largest species in the world and have a wingspan of 5.6 feet and can weigh up to 1.2 kilograms. Their diet is fruit-based (eating figs mainly), and they do not harm humans, but care has to be exercised while handling them as they might be carrying diseases. Because of their huge wingspan, they can travel up to 40 kilometers in one night while searching for food, and in that process, they act as seed dispersers for a lot of fruits in Philippines’ forests.

Destruction of habitat has put the bats in a dangerous position as they have to travel long distances to forage for food. One of the main reasons why this species of bats in facing extinction is hunting due to the huge demand for their pelts and meat. It is also threatened by deforestation and has been decreasing in numbers, completely disappearing from certain parts of the Philippines. (source)

6. If there were no bats, the world would not have tequila. The agave plant from which tequila is made is pollinated by the bats. They are also known as “farmers of the rainforest” as 300 species of fruits depend on pollination by bats.

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Thank the bats for those tequila shots. Tequila, which is made from agave plants. is pollinated only by bats. That is not all. Over 60 species of cacti rely on bats for pollination along with over 300 species of fruits like guavas, mangos, bananas, etc. These nectar-feeding bats mostly belong to two species: the lesser long-nosed bat and the Mexican long-tongued bat. They migrate north from Mexico to Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

Every part of the world has bats except Antarctica. Even in the deserts, bats are known to act as natural pollinators playing a critical role in maintaining the ecosystem. Unlike bees, bats are not attracted to bright-colored or strong-smelling flowers so they play an exclusive role. (12)

7. Bats are more closely related to cats than rats. Mexican free-tailed bats use sound to sabotage and jam the sensors of rival bats. Then they steal their prey.

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Imagine a sound war in the sky with a prey as a prize. That is what the Mexican free-tailed bats do. These bats live in colonies of hundreds of thousands and a lot of food competition exists between them. To steal the prey of their rival bats, they will use sound to jam up their sensors. Since echolocation is used by the bats to hunt prey in the night, jamming their sensors will make them lose their prey. It was recorded by researchers according to a study published in the Science Mag that just when foraging bats used a feeding call, other interfering bats would send out an ultrasonic signal when they were close to their prey resulting in the foraging bats missing their target.

Even though they are called flying rodents, bats are not even remotely related to mice as much as they are related to cats. Like cats, fruit-bats, for instance, have an eyesight that adapts to low-light. Because of their unique characteristics, they have been placed in their own order of mammals known as “Chiroptera” which means “hand-wing.” (12)

8. Female bats can control the timing of their pregnancy and the birth of baby bats. They choose a time when food is available in abundance along with keeping other ecological factors in mind.

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Female bats carry only one young one at a time as they have to fly to feed and have the unique ability to time the birth of the baby bats. They use a variety of strategies to do so to make their delivery period match with a time when there is a maximum availability of food. This is done to make sure that the baby bats do not starve as they have to be fed until they become adults because their wings do not grow to full size for them to forage on their own. The species of bats that live in the temperate climates give birth during the spring. Some species also have the unique ability to delay fertilization for an entire season. If mating occurs in the fall, they can delay fertilization by storing the sperm in the reproductive tract until the next spring. Other species of bats can delay the development of the fetus until favorable environmental conditions exist. (source)

9. Bats are actually not blind, and they sometimes prefer to use their eyesight for hunting rather than echolocation. Some of them can also see the ultra-violet light which humans cannot and have a vision three times better than us.

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The phrase “blind as a bat” has no basis in reality as bats are not actually blind. Since they prey in the night, they use echolocation as an aid to hunt for prey, but that is not the case always. Bats have been known to use eyesight to hunt as well depending upon the circumstances. In fact, many fruit bats always use their eyesight. They do not echolocate at all because they feed on nectar from flowers and not on insects. Even bats who are insectivores like brown long-eared bats used sonar and visual information both to hunt for prey.

A study published in 2009 in the journal PLOS ONE stated that two species of bats, the Pallas’ long-tongued bat and Seba’s short-tailed bat, could see in the daylight and could also see some colors. These visual receptors can also allow them to see the ultra-violet light which humans cannot see as its wavelength is outside a human’s visual spectrum. They have this ability as many flowers reflect UV light, which makes it easier for them to forage for food. Many larger fruit-eating bats can see three times better than humans. (12)

10. Millions of bats are dying from the “white-nose syndrome” in North America that the scientists have no idea how to treat. An estimated 2.4 million pounds of insects were not eaten in 2008 as the population of the bats diminished which caused a strain on New England’s agriculture.

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The white-nose syndrome, where a distinctive fungal growth forms around the bat’s muzzles and wings, has as of 2018, killed millions of bats in the United States and Canada. Fifteen bat species have been affected by this fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans which spread from bat to bat through contact, and four of those species have suffered massive declines. The white-nose syndrome has not only affected the population of bats but has had a direct environmental impact. As we know bats are natural pollinators and pest-eaters, their death meant that 2.4 million pounds of insects were not eaten as estimated by the U.S. Forest Service in 2008. In New England in the U.S., this has had a direct impact on the farmers who face crop damage and have to spend more money to get rid of the pests. In the U.S., the bats save the farmers at least three billion dollars every year in pest-control. Seed-dispersal is also put at a massive risk due to this disease whose cure has not been found yet. (source)


KID LEARNS THE HARD WAY NOT TO POKE THE HORSE

KID LEARNS THE HARD WAY NOT TO POKE THE HORSE

This is the shocking moment an unsupervised toddler was kicked to the ground by a large horse in Vietnam. During the CCTV footage the young child is seen poking the horse’s leg before running away from the animal that is stood outside a convenience store on a high street. However after returning yet again to poke the animal for a third time the infuriated horse kicks the infant into the air with his hind legs. Following the horse’s kick the boy is seen hitting his head against the wheel of the motorbike behind him before falling to the stone ground below.


The Secret Weapon That Could Help Save Bees

The Secret Weapon That Could Help Save Bees

Thanks to the University of Minnesota for sponsoring this video! http://twin-cities.umn.edu/
Honeybees are dying from parasites, pesticides, and poor nutrition, but we can help them in a number of ways, including by encouraging them to make a homemade antibiotic.


It Turns Out Spiders Use Electricity To Fly

It Turns Out Spiders Use Electricity To Fly

Apparently some species of spiders can fly… and it turns out they don’t even need the wind to do it.


How Were Carrier Pigeons Trained?

How Were Carrier Pigeons Trained?

In the past, pigeons were used to convey important messages. But exactly how were pigeons trained to do that, and which ancient civilization was the best at it?


If Cows Could Talk

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If Cows Could Talk

Popular gaming YouTuber Mark Fischbach, aka Markiplier, follows up his bizarre but hilarious talking dog videos with this equally entertaining cow edition.

"Here we are again... another 8 hours of my life gone up in flames to edit this bizarre video. Only took 2 years to make this one so I'd say the series is moving along swimmingly!"


This Guy Gives New Meaning To "Dinner And A Show"

This Guy Gives New Meaning To "Dinner And A Show"

 

Salt Bae has competition. Another player has entered the game.

 


A 22FT MONSTER GREAT WHITE SHARK LURKING BENEATH FISHING BOAT

 

A 22FT MONSTER GREAT WHITE SHARK LURKING BENEATH FISHING BOAT

“Fishing for mackerel to use as striper bait and this monster swam up. I can’t explain how humbling this was. We had no idea what he was until he got closer, he was as long as our 22ft boat. First experience like this and hope there are more in the future! The coast guard was sent the video and they reached back out to us to let us know he was confirmed as a great white.”


Australian Jockey Punches Horse Because It ‘Nearly Made Him Fall Off’ In Viral Video

Australian Jockey Punches Horse Because It ‘Nearly Made Him Fall Off’ In Viral Video

An Australian jockey has been filmed violently punching his horse after the animal nearly made him fall off.

The video shows 22-year-old Dylan Caboche mounted on ‘She’s Reneldasgirl’ as he rides the horse into the starting gates when the incident happened. The jockey jumps off his horse and wildly wings a fist right into its stomach.

It made the horse physically jump to one side. After the incident, She’s Reneldasgirl still finished eighth out of a possible 10 places.

I’d call the douche bag an @ss but that would insult the horse’s cousin.

 


Why The World Hates Fire Ants

 

Why The World Hates Fire Ants

 "... Let's face it! The world hates fire ants. It is not hard to understand why seeing as they are a major domestic pest in many countries, as well as a very dangerous agricultural pest, like in the Unites States where they pose serious problems and affect human way of life. They even float on water forming huge rafts during floods like some aquatic, indestructible beast.

In this video, we take a closer look at my pet fire ant colony named 'The Fire Nation' in their AC Hybrid Nest ant farm setup, learn where fire ants came from, find out why they are such a powerful and impacting force in any ecosystem, but more importantly why they are magnificent evolutionary survival machines, and why I personally love them. We delve into the miracle of ant life, and why I feel ants in general make interesting and amazing pets in the home. Hope you enjoy this week's ant video! ..."

 


Crocodile Suspected Of Killing Woman With Dementia

Crocodile Suspected Of Killing Woman With Dementia

 Authorities in Australia were searching Friday for a crocodile suspected of killing a dementia patient who wandered from a nursing home. Human remains along with Anne Cameron's clothes and walking stick were found near a creek bank on Thursday two days after the 79-year-old woman wandered from a nursing home at Port Douglas in Queensland state, Police Inspector Ed Lukin said. Police suspect she wandered into tropical forest and became disoriented, triggering an extensive search. The remains were found about a mile from the nursing home. Pathologists in Cairns confirmed Friday that the remains were human, Lukin said.

While police were waiting for the results of further forensic tests, Lukin said it was "highly likely" the remains were Cameron's since no one else had been reported missing in the area. "We strongly suspect now that there has been involvement of a crocodile attack given the location of those items and the human remains ... close to a watercourse," Lukin said. State rangers set crocodile traps on Thursday night and searched surrounding waterways by helicopter and boat on Friday, he said. The woman's granddaughter Isabella Eggins posted on social media that the family "have the firm belief that my nan Anne Cameron has passed away in tragic circumstances."

 


A Group Of Cunning Chimps Go Monkey Hunting In The Forest

A Group Of Cunning Chimps Go Monkey Hunting In The Forest

 

 Check out this brutal chimp group hunting other monkeys. Im feeling some Planet of the Apes shit going down.

 


10 Amazing Places Life Has Been Found

10 Amazing Places Life Has Been Found

As Jeff Goldblum would say, “Life . . . uh . . . finds a way.” Wherever we look, it seems that some species or other has adapted to live there. Each time we find an extreme or unexpected location that some life-form calls home, we uncover more about the possibilities of life throughout the universe. If it’s anything like life on Earth, it may be pretty weird. Here are ten amazing places life has been found.

10.In Acid

Photo credit: Rolf Cosar

Species that can survive outside of the cozy warmth that humans enjoy are called extremophiles, and we’ll meet many on this list. Each extremophile often has one hardship that it is particularly good at enduring. Those which do not blink at dipping in corrosive acids are called acidophiles.

Highly acidic places are generally bad news for life. Acids attack organic molecules and break them down. Dissolving tends to be deleterious to health. Acidophile bacteria do their best to keep the acids in their environments outside of their cells, where they can do little harm. To do this, they actively pump out protons, the basis for acidic reactions, and secrete stable sugars to make a protective coat around their membranes.

Danakil in Ethiopia is one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. Air temperatures can reach 55 degrees Celsius (131 °F), and there are pools of boiling water that have a pH of 0, incredibly acidic.[1] In one pond of salty, hot, and acidic water, a team of researchers isolated bacteria happily thriving in the hellish landscape.

9.In Caves


Caves can be great places for life to find shelter from the elements. Many species retreat to caves at certain times in their life cycle for warmth and safety. Some species look around their temporary home and wonder why exactly they should leave. Over many generations, they become adapted to their dark, underground life. Animals which have evolved to live in caves are called troglobites.[2]

Lots of species which evolve in caves share similar adaptations. In general, pigments in skin and shells help to protect creatures from the rays of the Sun, something troglobites do not have to worry about, just like the need for camouflage. Because of this, many cave dwellers are an eerie white. Because sight in the dark is an unnecessary sense, many species have only vestigial eyes, which do not function, or have even lost their eyes altogether. Fish, insects, crustaceans, and others have all made this transition to living in the gloom.

Such adaptations can be made relatively quickly in evolutionary terms. The first cave fish documented in Europe had only been living in caves for no more than 20,000 years. Yet it already had many of the classical features of a troglobite. Its skin is pale, its eyes are shrunken, and its other senses have increased to find prey in the dark.

8.In Crystals

At the Naica Mine in Mexico, the hunt for lead and silver turned up something much more interesting. Pumping water out of a cavern revealed a system of crystals up to 12 meters (39 ft) long and weighing many tons. Before you book tickets to this natural wonder, you should know that it is unwelcoming to humans. Temperatures reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 °F) and 90 percent humidity. To work in this environment, researchers must wear protective suits and can only stay in the chamber for half an hour at a time.

As the crystals grew in the cave, they trapped bubbles of liquid. Along with the liquid, they also entombed microbes. Researchers estimated that the water had been cut off for between 10,000 and 50,000 years. Despite this, they were able to get the microbes trapped in the crystal to grow in the lab after all that time.[3] The bacteria were unlike any that had previously been observed.

Although the bacteria were not active in their crystal prisons, their ability to survive for such a length of time means that there may be other ancient life-forms waiting to be revived by inquisitive scientists.

7.In Bubbling Oil

Photo credit: Rainer Meckenstock

Bacteria are deceptively simple organisms. Single cells with a relatively small number of genes, they seem like they should be uninteresting. Their simplicity is their secret weapon. Able to reproduce quickly and adapt to challenging new conditions, they are found almost everywhere on Earth. When oil companies drill into petroleum reservoirs, they introduce bacteria, and very quickly, you get bacterial colonies living off the valuable hydrocarbons. This can be harmful to business when the bacteria introduce sulfur to the oil, creating “soured crude oil,” which has to be purified before it can be sold.[4]

Pitch Lake in Trinidad is an open pool of bubbling asphalt. Its black ooze seems an unlikely place for life, as it is filled with toxic hydrocarbons and has relatively little water. Pitch Lake is swimming in microbes, though. The microbes survive in minuscule droplets of water mixed in with the vast amounts of oil. Studies have found they eat the hydrocarbons and respire without the need for oxygen.

6.In Space

Photo credit: Ralph O Schill

No, we haven’t found alien life yet. But some life on Earth is so weird that it looks alien. Tardigrades are tiny creatures that would be very easy to overlook if they didn’t have one amazing talent: These “water bears” are able to hibernate in a way which makes them almost indestructible. When the water in their habitat dries up, tardigrades curl up, expel water from their own body, and become a tiny, dried ball called a tun. As soon as the tun is returned to water, the tardigrade rehydrates and springs to life. While in the tun form, the tardigrade can survive being frozen to near absolute zero, heated to 150 degrees Celsius (302 °F), crushed, exposed to vacuum, and blasted with radiation.

To see just how tough tardigrades are, some (possibly sadistic) scientists attached the creatures to a satellite and blasted them into space. For ten days, the tardigrades were exposed to the vacuum of space and the particles and rays found beyond the atmosphere.[5] While the harsh conditions did kill most of even this hardy species, once returned to Earth and given water, many of the tardigrades were revived, none the worse for their jaunt into outer space.

5.In Rocks


By studying the ratios of carbon isotopes in rocks, it is possible to tell whether it came from inorganic or organic sources. When researchers looked at samples of the mineral aragonite, they found that it had probably been made deep within the Earth by bacteria that were pulled down when two tectonic plates collided. The bacteria continued to live and produce methane under ever the greater pressures and temperatures beneath the ground. The methane was then incorporated into the aragonite.

We are taught in school that the Sun is the source of energy for all life on Earth, but recent findings indicate that this may not be true. In a South African gold mine, 2.8 kilometers (1.7 mi) below the ground, researchers found bacteria. The bacteria seem to survive on energy derived from radioactive decay. They use the hydrogen gas released from water by the breakdown of uranium to power their metabolism.[6]

4.In Boiling Water

One of the simplest ways to sterilize water is to boil it. The temperature destroys the proteins and membranes upon which life depends. If you were looking for life, then you probably wouldn’t search in scalding-hot pools, but even here, life finds a way. Organisms which can live in temperatures of 50 to 70 degrees Celsius (122–158 °F) are called thermophiles; those that can live above 80 degrees Celsius (176 °F) are hyperthermophiles. But there are also those that can survive temperatures over 100 degrees Celsius (212 °F), the boiling point of water.

Geothermal springs often have complex microbial ecosystems living in them, all of which thrive in temperatures which would kill most organisms. On the Earth’s surface, liquid water can’t exist above 100 degrees Celsius, as it boils. The pressure beneath the ocean, however, allows water to be superheated. Superhot water spurts from deep in the Earth at sites called hydrothermal vents. These vents are oases of life around which bacteria and animals gather in the warmth. Most avoid the hottest parts of the water, but Methanopyrus kandleri can live and reproduce at 122 degrees Celsius (252 °F).[7] It does this by having tightly coiled proteins which do not unfold at high temperature.

3.In The Dead Sea

When searching for life, places with the word “dead” in their name probably rank fairly low on the list. The Dead Sea is famously dead due to the high levels of salt in its waters. Life needs salts, but mostly within a fairly narrow range of concentrations. Too high or too low, and the metabolism of the cell breaks down. Microbes that can survive high salt levels are called halophiles. High salt levels would suck the water out of most cells, but halophiles are able to resist this.

At the bottom of the Dead Sea, there are fissures which allow fresh water to seep into the salty water above. Around these patches of water grow microbial mats.[8] Most organisms are adapted to either fresh water or salt water. Here, the microbes are exposed to both high and low salt concentrations.

2.In The Upper Atmosphere


The atmosphere is a wonderful thing. As well as being the air we breathe, it also provides protection from UV rays and other radiation. The higher you, go the weaker this protection gets. Life, therefore, prefers to live snugly at the bottom of the atmosphere. Unless that life is certain species of microbes.

NASA flew a jet at 10,000 meters (33,000 ft), higher than Mount Everest, and filtered particles from the air. Up in the cold and thin atmosphere, they found that 20 percent of what they captured was living cells. This study found E. coli, a sometimes pathogenic bacterium, in the upper atmosphere, raising the prospect of diseases circling the Earth like a cloud.

An Indian balloon which sampled air between 20 and 41 kilometers (12–25 mi) above the Earth documented three new species of bacteria.[9] All were adapted to survive the high levels of ultraviolet radiation found at high altitudes.

1.In The Chernobyl Reactor


The explosion at the Chernobyl reactor in 1986 was one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Radiation can do direct harm to cells, but it also damages DNA, causing deadly mutations. It is impossible to know how many cancers and deaths were caused by the accident. However, while humans fled the site, other organisms went in the opposite direction.

Black fungi were found growing in the highly radioactive power plant itself, where radiation levels were still, for a human, dangerously high.[10] When these fungi were cultured in labs, it was found that they grew toward sources of radiation as if seeking it out. When exposed to radiation, the fungi grew faster. It seemed that they were using radiation directly as a source of energy.

The fungi were black because of the common pigment melanin. When gamma radiation hits the melanin, the pigment absorbs it and uses the energy to drive metabolic reactions. Humans have the same pigment in their skin to protect from radiation. It is possible that humans may also, in a very limited way, be eating gamma radiation just like the fungi.

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Unalaska, Alaska Has More Bald Eagles Than You Can Shake A Stick At

Unalaska, Alaska Has More Bald Eagles Than You Can Shake A Stick At

 

America's national bird isn't super common in most of the country. Unalaska, Alaska is an exception.


10 MOST DANGEROUS WILD ANIMALS IN THE WORLD

10 MOST DANGEROUS WILD ANIMALS IN THE WORLD

 

NUMBER 5: GOLDEN POISON DART FROG
Native to the rainforests of central and South America, these small, colourful amphibians pack an unexpected and highly poisonous punch many wouldn’t suspect based on their seemingly gentle exterior.
Commonly sighted as the most poisonous animals alive, contained within these frogs is enough poison to send over 10 grown men to their graves.
The belief of wildlife researchers is that these dangerous little creatures gather their venom from plant poisons within the termites, beetles, ants and other insects in which they prey on.
Studies have often found that when this species of frog is born and nurtured in captivity, they tend not to develop venomous capabilities, and this observation points to the notion that their venom must be sourced from the diet their environment presents them with.
Insanely, simply touching a frog of this species can be deadly to human beings but there is a very good reason for why touching them is deadly to anything: It’s their defense.
This little frog has very few predators in the wild because it is common knowledge within the ecosystem it inhabits that making a meal out of one of these colourful frogs is writing a death certificate for yourself.

NUMBER 4: GREY WOLVES
These carnivorous mammals hunt in packs and roam the lands of Canada and the North of the United States with small numbers apparent in Europe also.
With a top speed of 28mph, grey wolves are not especially fast but what they lack in speed, they make up for in endurance.
Their key quality as hunters is their remarkable stamina and wolves have been known to chase down their prey for a whole 24 hours if the occasion calls for such fetes.
As it is commonly known, they are pack hunters who rely heavily on their senses to effectively locate their prey, and they do this with sharp hearing and a strong sense of smell.
There is no greater example of their pack mentality than when they hunt.
Grey wolves are incredibly strategic in how they hunt, and a pack on the prowl for prey can spend days tracking their food before making that first vital move.
When they manage to bring their prey down, wolves do not hesitate and they are not preservative when it comes to food.
A single wolf can happily chow down 9kg of raw meat in one sitting and this fact, combined with their endurance are the reasons you don’t want to encounter a pack of hungry wolves.
However, it is rare that wolves will attack humans and in Alaska, where there is a population of wolves estimated at between 60,000 - 70,000, there has been only one documented fatality.

NUMBER 3: CAPE BUFFALO
These buffalo wander the open and wooded savanna searching for grassy areas which serve as both food and cover.
They are an aggressive and speedy powerhouse capable of charging at speeds of up to 35 mph with a force of 590 kg behind their charge. Their large horns function as a brutal weapon of impalement and can exceed 3 feet and if faced with one of these monsters, it might be wise to get out of the way.
Despite possessing the ability to cause serious damage to anything that crosses them, these animals are herbivores and use their strength only in defense of predators.
In fact, they are one of the few animals that is capable of defending themselves against Lions, and they even manage to kill them from time to time.
However, Lions do kill and feast on these muscley giants.
Despite falling prey to Lions, these Buffalo don’t take any prisoners when it comes to other sour aspects of African existence.
They are reported to be the number 1 killer of hunters in the continent, and they justly deal out their own brand of amends more so than any other African animal.


Crocodile Attacks Car, Ripping Off A Big Piece Of It

Crocodile Attacks Car, Ripping Off A Big Piece Of It

This crocodile didn't take kindly to a vehicle encroaching on its hard-fought territory, so it bit off a large chunk of intruder. What did the insurance company say when it saw the video. Are cars covered by croc attacks?

https://www.reddit.com/r/oddlyweird/comments/6sr9j8/bye_bye_backpart_of_my_car/?ref=share&ref_source=embed&utm_content=timestamp&utm_medium=post_embed&utm_name=14f3e0b2128f408a938a1b87887f5288&utm_source=embedly&utm_term=6sr9j8


This Doughnut Optical Illusion Is Freaking (And Grossing) Everyone Out

This Doughnut Optical Illusion Is Freaking (And Grossing) Everyone Out

When the internet isn’t busy creating the latest memes or crying over a celebrity couple breaking up, they are head deep into some optical illusions. Well, maybe not, but we’ve mentioned quite a few over the months. Like, remember the mirror optical illusion? How about the the one that is NSFW but only if you choose for it to be? Of course you remember. But now it’s time to take a look at the latest optical illusion that is freaking people out.

Twitter user recently shared this photo of some glazed doughnuts.

https://twitter.com/beatriizz__/status/893594953728774145

Or are they? Here’s a closer look.

https://twitter.com/ZarachiVII/status/893619345607340032

https://twitter.com/nathaliequant8/status/893597902634799104

https://twitter.com/MattLanglais1/status/893684188012048386

https://twitter.com/pytcarey/status/893642709524664320

https://twitter.com/MsMcLean1/status/893800978088157188

https://twitter.com/celeste_eppler/status/893901503462858754

https://twitter.com/Meme_GOD_101/status/893668995504754688

https://twitter.com/Meme_GOD_101/status/893668995504754688

What a horrible trick. Now, where are the actual doughnuts?

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Freedom Of Info Request Seeks Man's Fishing Spot

Freedom Of Info Request Seeks Man's Fishing Spot

Somebody in Canada wants to know the location of a man's secret fishing spot so badly that they turned to the government for help. Fishing pro Mike Borger says it started with a video he posted earlier this year about a trip to a lake in Algonquin Park, an Ontario provincial park bigger than Delaware, with more than 2,400 lakes. Borger says he politely declined requests to reveal the location of his brook trout fishing spot, which he has been returning to for 15 years. But later on, he says, somebody filed a Freedom of Information request with the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in a bid to discover where he'd been fishing.

"I'm going to give him credit, because it was an incredibly smart—underhanded and a little bit devious—but also very smart way to get this information," Borger tells the CBC. "If somebody has a copy of my interior camping permit, which shows which lakes I camped on each night, they can clearly and easily figure out which lake I caught these trophy fish in." Borger says the ministry told him about the request. After he raised concerns, the ministry told him it would not confirm or deny the existence of the records to the person seeking it, though the person will have the option of appealing the decision. It shows the "lengths some people will apparently go to find your fishing spot," Borger says.


THIS RHINO RUNS THIS ROAD

THIS RHINO RUNS THIS ROAD

Given what running into a deer can do to your car, we shudder to think what would happen if you ran into a charging rhino:

https://twitter.com/AJEnglish/status/893165846251454464

A rhino charging down cars is cool, but the music on the radio and the running commentary from the car's passengers really take this video to the next level.


Guy Nervously Narrates His Encounter With A Grizzly And Her Cubs

Guy Nervously Narrates His Encounter With A Grizzly And Her Cubs

If you run into a mama grizzly and her cubs on the trail, like this guy in Alaska's Katmai National Park, there's not much you can do other than carefully backing away until they lose interest.


Mako Shark Jumps Aboard Boat And Gets Stuck On Deck

Mako Shark Jumps Aboard Boat And Gets Stuck On Deck

In the clip, taken off the coast of Long Island in New York state, fisherman look on in horror as the mako shark writhes around on the deck of the boat with its body trapped beneath the guard-rail. The shark’s mouth become bloodied after it had bit the rail several times as it struggles to release itself.

The sea creature was only released after an innovative idea from one of the crew members paid off. Captain Don Law, from Outlaw Fishing Charters, tied rope around the shark’s fin while another crew member kept its head facing the ocean by hooking it with fishing line.  The video then cuts to the shark being lowered into the water and Don cutting the rope to release back into its natural habitat.


Rare Footage Captures Huge Humpback Whale Jumping Completely Out Of The Water

Rare Footage Captures Huge Humpback Whale Jumping Completely Out Of The Water

We hadn't really thought about this before we saw this video, but humpback whales almost never fully leave the water when they breach. This video of one doing just that off the coast of South Africa is pretty dang cool.

Per the description on his YouTube video, scuba diver Craig Capehart was shocked by how many whales he and his crew saw while out on the water off the coast of South Africa recently: "An unexpected bonus!"

The particular whale in the video is a 40-ton male humpback whale, Capehart explains. They don't really ever jump like that: "A very rare event, indeed."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhfIpUgxgm8


RABIES INFECTED BOBCAT ATTACKS A DOG AND PEOPLE ON THE STREET

RABIES INFECTED BOBCAT ATTACKS A DOG AND PEOPLE ON THE STREET

Daisy Mountain Fire officials say the bobcat started following a man and his dog and that’s when the feline attacked the German Shepherd. Arizona Game and Fish officials arrived at the scene and attempted to capture the bobcat, but he continued to act aggressively, so they were forced to kill the animal. According to officials with Arizona Game and Fish, the bobcat was rabid.

 


PHOTOSHOPPED FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE: This Cat Standing Up

PHOTOSHOPPED FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE: This Cat Standing Up

This vigilant kitten has captured the internet's attention.


Relentless Rattlesnake Figures Out How To Board Boat

Relentless Rattlesnake Figures Out How To Board Boat

 

​The moral of this story? If a rattlesnake is curious about your boat, don't hang around while it finds a way to slither on board.

 


INSECT ZOMBIES! Praying Mantises Kill Birds Then Eat Their Brains

INSECT ZOMBIES! Praying Mantises Kill Birds Then Eat Their Brains

Insects generally aren't really though too highly of. Even the harmless ones get a bad right just for their inconvenience.

They just make you feel uncomfortable and itchy, and then there's the ones that can harm you, just an added dose of ball ache.

There are some mad insects, with not many rivalling the weirdness of praying mantises. They're not too harmful to us humans, but do look like they should be in Men in Black.

They usually prey on arthropods, using stealth to catch them, whereas bigger mantises are known to eat other insects and sometimes small vertebrates such as lizards and frogs.

A press release from Switzerland's University of Basel shows that praying mantises actually kill small birds and eat their brains.

Credit: Megan Ralph via University of Basel

Credit: Tom Vaughan via University of Basel

Titled Praying Mantises Hunt Down Birds Worldwide, the research shows that the insects take down birds in places all over the world, except Antarctica.

Two scientists (who weren't involved in the research) revealed the way in which mantises are preying on birds and it only furthers the proof that they should be in Men in Black.

Credit: Tom McCarthy via University of Basel

Credit: Randy Anderson via University of Basel

"They just hold [their prey], and they eat them while they are still alive, slowly and slowly until there is nothing left," ecologist Dietrich Mebs told Newsweek.

Whereas biologist William Brown said they 'pierce the skull to feed on brain tissue', which is bang out of order, really.

The study found that there had been 147 documented cases, across 13 countries, where mantises had captured birds, with 70 percent of the cases showing hummingbirds as the victims.

 

 


Scary Moment Dog Slips Out Of Owners Arms & Into A Tigers Den

Scary Moment Dog Slips Out Of Owners Arms & Into A Tigers Den

A pet dog had a narrow escape after it fell into the water at a zoo in Jiangsu Province, eastern China. Heart-stopping footage shows the moment two tigers can be seen staring at the dog as it slips from its owner's arms yesterday afternoon. Just a month ago, a donkey was pushed and fed alive to the tigers at the same animal enclosure, causing outrage on social media.


Grizzly Bear Charges The Truck

Grizzly Bear Charges The Truck

 

 After believing a bear went off into the woods, a Grizzly Bear comes out and charges after a truck.

 


Just A Couple Of Kids Swimming Way Too Close To An Alligator

Just A Couple Of Kids Swimming Way Too Close To An Alligator

 

 This is quite possibly the dumbest thing we've ever seen. We know where these kids' parents are — they're right there letting this happen. But where are the parents' parents?!?
There must be something we're missing. Is the gator a family pet? Is it Uncle Jimmy in a gator suit? Are these kids world champion gator wrestlers?
Here's hoping it's all three.

 


Two Paleontologists Discuss The Possibility Of An Epic Battle Between A Sperm Whale And Giant Squid

Two Paleontologists Discuss The Possibility Of An Epic Battle Between A Sperm Whale And Giant Squid

 

 In a wonderfully insightful video from the American Museum of Natural History, two respected paleontologists, Neil Landman and John Flynn discuss whether or not the epic encounter between a giant squid and a sperm whale, as depicted in a museum diorama, could ever really occur.

One of the most famous dioramas in the American Museum of Natural History depicts a battle between two gigantic animals: the sperm whale and giant squid. But unlike most dioramas in the Museum’s halls, this scene has never been witnessed. Paleontologists Neil Landman and John Flynn explain how we know that this encounter does happen–and whether we humans will ever catch it in real time.

 


JAGUAR VS CAIMAN

JAGUAR VS CAIMAN

When a jaguar pounces, sometimes one bite is all it takes to get a meal. National Geographic has exclusive video of a jaguar taking down a caiman in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands, photos of which went viral earlier this month. Luke Dollar, a conservation scientist who helps manage National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, explains the hunt and explosive moment of predation.


The Spring Hare's Fighting Style Is Some Exceptionally Goofy Kung Fu Looking Stuff

The Spring Hare's Fighting Style Is Some Exceptionally Goofy Kung Fu Looking Stuff

 

 Spring Hares are rarely sighted out in the day time, let alone fighting, so we are truly grateful they chose to share this very silly gift with the world.

 


Can You Solve This Riddle About A Boat And Its Cargo?

Can You Solve This Riddle About A Boat And Its Cargo?

 

 1) There are 50 creatures total. That includes sharks outside the tanks and fish inside. 2) Each sector has anywhere from 1 to 7 sharks, with no two sectors having the same number of sharks. 3) Each tank has an equal number of fish. 4) In total there are 13 or fewer tanks. 5) Sector Alpha has 2 sharks and 4 tanks. 6) Sector Beta has 4 sharks and 2 tanks. How many tanks are in Sector Gamma?

 


AUSSIE CRAB HUNTER CATCHES AN ABSOLUTE MONSTER BY GOING UNDERGROUND

AUSSIE CRAB HUNTER CATCHES AN ABSOLUTE MONSTER BY GOING UNDERGROUND

Beau Greaves knows a thing or two about catching crab, and he isn’t afraid to go deep to chase a big score. This huge crab would have made a meal fit for 10 kings!


Tusked Weta Vs Foraging Pig - Wild New Zealand

Tusked Weta Vs Foraging Pig - Wild New Zealand

 

The Tusked Weta is New Zealand's equivalent of a Mouse and a worthy snack for a Foraging Pig. This Weta however is an escape artist and when necessary can take quite extreme action to evade capture.


HUGE HUMPBACK WHALE NEARLY SINKS FISHING BOAT OFF THE COAST OF NEW JERSEY

HUGE HUMPBACK WHALE NEARLY SINKS FISHING BOAT OFF THE COAST OF NEW JERSEY

 

 “This definitely was one of the craziest experiences in my life and I’ve had many, who would have thought I would see some Moby Dick right here outside the Verrazano on my boy’s 19 footer. That humpback was chasing bunker all the way up to the side jumped out of the water and tapped the hull of my boat, knocking bunker into the boat. Crazy, I know it sounds like a fish story, but these #NewJersey waters are serious!”

 


Spider Battles Scorpion Twice Its Size

Spider Battles Scorpion Twice Its Size

An unlucky scorpion gets caught in the web of a cellar spider. The struggle was recorded in a homeowner's bathroom near Melbourne, Australia. Scorpions are commonly found throughout Australia, and they are relatively harmless to humans although they can inflict a painful sting. Even though the scorpion had the advantage of size, it couldn't escape from the sticky web made by the smaller predator.


Girl Replaces Family Photos With Dog Photo Shoots And Her Mom’s Response Is Savage

Girl Replaces Family Photos With Dog Photo Shoots And Her Mom’s Response Is Savage

And yes, I’m a grown man that just used the word “savage.” I’m not proud of myself.

Sure, family photos are fine and dandy, but something that’s way better are photos of a cute dog because dogs are better than humans. And a girl named Marissa Hooper agrees because she went out of her way to slowly replace all the family photos in her home with photos of her dog Dixie dressed up in various outfits instead. Oh, and Marissa’s mom was not very happy at all.

Let’s first take a look at Marissa’s tweet that has gone viral.

https://twitter.com/mhooper_2014/status/876208912315428864

And now here’s a much closer look. Here’s Dixie as a Kindergartner.

Now look at this classy one.

And don’t forget this one:

Pretty damn brilliant. But let’s just say that Marissa’s mom wasn’t pleased. Just check out their text exchange below.

 

Ouch.

Well, now we know how Marissa’s mom feels about her daughter. And we also know how Twitter feels about Dixie the Chihuahua.

https://twitter.com/AWisher_ALiar/status/876901192516980736

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FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Colossal Facts About Megalodon Sharks

FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Colossal Facts About Megalodon Sharks

Long before the great white shark there was a bigger badder shark that roamed the seas. At the top of the food chain, no form of aquatic life stood in its way. The mega tooth shark a.k.a. the Megalodon, is an extinct species of shark that has fascinated scientists and inspired many works of fiction, both in literature and cinema. Here are 10 incredible fact about the Megalodon.

1. The Megalodon is considered to be the most powerful predator in vertebrate history and a better hunter than the great white shark.

Image source: wikipedia

It is no secret that Sharks employ complex hunting strategies to feed on large prey, but fossil evidence suggests that the Megalodon employed more effective hunting strategies against large prey than the great white shark.

One specimen of a 9 meter (30 ft) long prehistoric baleen whale indicated that the Megalodon shark that attacked it focused primarily on the whales shoulders, flippers, rib cage, and upper spine, areas that great white sharks generally avoid. This was done to crush the bones and damage the vital organs within the rib cage .

The Megalodon were also adaptive. Evidence shows that during the Pliocene, the ancient sharks immobilize large whales by attacking their flippers first before killing and feeding.(source)

2. The fossils of Megalodon teeth were once thought to be the petrified tongues  of dragons.

Image source: www.prehistoric-wildlife.com

According to accounts dating back to the Renaissance, massive triangular teeth were often found buried in rocky mountains and were believed to be the fossilized tongues of dragons and snakes. It wasn’t until 1667 that they were recognized by Danish naturalist Nicolaus Steno as shark teeth.

Steno went on to famously produce a depiction of a sharks head bearing similar teeth and described the findings in his book The Head of a Shark Dissected.(source)

3. The oldest Megalodon fossil is reported to be about 28 million years old.

Image source: slate.com

The earliest Megalodon remains were reportedly from the late Oligocene strata which makes them around 28 million years old, but a more generally accepted date for the origin of the Megalodon is the Middle Miocene, which was about 15.9 million years ago. It is believed that Megalodon became extinct 2.6 million years ago, by the end of the Pliocene.(source)

4. Megalodon teeth are the largest in size of any known shark species.

Image source: www.thefossilforum.com

The initial scientific name for the Megalodon was Carcharodon Megalodon which is often dubbed informally as “Megatooth” shark. The name was given 1835 by Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz.

Megalodon teeth are the most commonly found fossil regarding the ‘Megatooth shark’ with some findings measuring up to 180 millimeters (7.1 in) in diagonal length. Megalodon teeth are usually triangular, robust, have a v-shaped neck, and are large with fine serrations.

Most of the other Megalodon findings are poorly preserved as all sharks are made primarily of cartilage so scientists rely heavily on the information they can find from Megalodon teeths.(source)

5. Megalodon ate pretty much anything under the sea that moved, including themselves.

A Megalodon tooth stuck in a whale vertebrae. Image source: www.fossilera.com

Evidence from fossils shows that Megalodon sharks ate dolphins, small whales, large whales, pinnipeds, porpoises, giant sea turtles and more. Whale bones found with giant teeth marks and deep gashes are indicators that marine animals were primary targets for Megalodon.

Fossil evidence also shows that the emergence of the Megalodon caused a massive diversification of cetaceans. After the Megalodon appearing in the Oligocene, macro-predatory odontocetes and giant macro-predatory sharks began to behave differently; developing defensive adaptations and becoming pack predators. Some grew in size. Many macro-predatory sharks also avoided areas inhabited by Megalodon.

Megalodon also had a tendency to ba cannibalistic and like other sharks would have been piscivorous.(source)

6. Megalodon pups were born 2 to 4 meters in size (6.6.ft – 13.1ft) at birth.

Size comparison between Megalodon, Whale Shark, Great White shark and human. Image source: wikipedia

Megalodon gave birth to live sharks and the size (2-4 meters) has been indicated by the size of neonate Megalodon teeth. Young Megalodon preyed on fish, sea turtles, dugongs, and small cetaceans. Occasionally juvenile Megalodon would attack much larger prey. Teeth marks from a 4-7 meter (13.1–23.0 ft) shark were found on a rib from an ancestral great blue or humpback whale. Scientist believe that shark was a infant Megalodon.(source)

7. A Great White Shark is about the size of a Megalodon’s penis.

Megalodon vs great white shark. Image source: therichestimages.com

Peter Klimley a shark expert at the University of California at Davis stated that “A great white is about the size of the clasper, or penis, of a male Megalodon.”

Scientists have had trouble estimating the size of the Megalodon due to mostly only finding fossils of their teeth and vertebrate, but researches have concluded that the Megalodon is larger than the whale shark.

In 1990 marine biologists, Patrick J. Schembri and Staphon Papson suggested that the Megalodon may have approached a maximum of 24 to 25 metres (79 to 82 ft) in length, but as of present most experts acknowledge Megalodon reached a total length of about 16 meters (52 ft).(source)

8. There are 3 main theories about why the Megalodon are now extinct.

Oceanic Cooling: This first theory suggests that accelerated changes in global circulation caused by the closure of the Central American Seaway (along with possible other factors such as Pliocene climate) set the stage for the build of of glaciers in the northern hemisphere consequently creating Ice Ages which cooled the oceans substantially. The Megalodon preferred warmer water so this may have impacted their resulted and eventual demise.

Decline in Food Supply: By the end of the Miocene many species that the Megalodon relied on for sustenance became extinct. Also the closure of the Central American Seaway caused further extinctions as well as cause faunal redistribution. This resulted in decreased diversity and abundance of great whales suggesting that most surviving species headed towards polar regions.

New Competition: This last theory is one of the least popular. It suggests that the emergence of raptorial killer whales contributed to the demise of the Megalodon. Fossil records show that the ancient whales could survive the new cold climates thus outlasting the mega tooth sharks.(source)

9. Megalodon fossils have been found all over the world including areas that are far away from continental land.

Image source: www.fossilera.com

Megalodon likely had a significant impression on the structure of marine communities. Fossilized remains suggest that the Megalodon roamed many territories around the world. Being at the top of the food chain meant that the Megalodon sharks technically lived in a world without any boundaries, although adult Megalodon sharks preferred areas where large Cetaceans were plentiful and the pups preferred the opposite.

Fossil findings affirm that the Megalodon had a cosmopolitan distribution. Fossils have been dug up all over the world in places such as Europe, Africa and both North and South America, as well as Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Canary Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malta, Grenadines, and India.

Fossils have also been found distant from continental lands, such as the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.(source)

10. The Megalodon’s bite force could have crushed a small car.

Depiction of Megalodon by Chris Bennier

Stephen Wroe of the University of New South Wales in Australia and his colleagues estimated the bite force of a Megalodon by using data they collected by great whites. The team developed a computer generated model of a great whites skull, jaw, and head muscles from images generated by a CT (computer tomography) scanner. They then ran simulations to view the stresses, strains, and strength of its bite.

The team concluded that a great white could generate a maximum bite force of about 4,000 pounds (1,800 kilograms). Because of the size of the Megalodon they estimated that it might have chomped down on prey with a force of between 24,000 to 40,000 pounds (10,900 to 18,100 kilograms).(source)

 


Watching This Bed Bug Feed On A Human Host Up Close Will Surely Make Your Skin Crawl

Watching This Bed Bug Feed On A Human Host Up Close Will Surely Make Your Skin Crawl

 

 These nasty parasitic buggers are nature’s most perfectly evolved bloodsucking little monsters. They are hard to kill, difficult to find and their bite itches like hell.

When a home or any human dwelling gets infested, it’s going to take professional pest controllers to try to get rid of these extremely annoying insects that can cause psychological suffering to their hosts. This clip shows just how one single bed bug feeds on human blood up close, and watching it can make your skin crawl.

 


A Real Alien Invasion Is Coming To A Palm Tree Near You

A Real Alien Invasion Is Coming To A Palm Tree Near You

 

 The South American palm weevil is bursting onto the scene in California. Its arrival could put one of the state’s most cherished botanical icons at risk of oblivion.