Monday, September 1, 2014

Meet the Dunkleosteus

The Dunkleosteus was a very large armored fish that lived in the late denovian period, about 380-360 million years ago. At 33 feet long and weighing in at a whopping 4 tons, this killer beast was at the top of its food chain.


Their diet consisted of whatever they could get their jaws on, fish, sharks and even their own kind as they had a cannibalistic nature.


Instead of teeth, they were equipped with two long, bony blades that could slice through almost anything including flesh and bones with a concentrated force of up to 8,000 lbs. per square inch.


This places them in the league of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and modern crocodiles as having the most powerful known bite. They were also able to open their mouth in one-fiftieth of a second causing a powerful suction making it all the more easier to catch their prey.


Due to its extreme diet, fossil records indicate it may have routinely regurgitated prey bones rather than digest them.


The Dunkleosteus fossils have been found in North America, Poland, Belgium and Morocco and displays can be seen at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, American Museum of Natural History and in the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Queensland.
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Meet the Dunkleosteus

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mysterious Beast - Goatman

A mysterious creature plagues the imagination of countless victims who swear they’ve seen a strange goat-like hybrid man lurking behind the shadows. Have you heard the urban legend of the goatman?


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It’s weird how the Greeks had a similar legend 3,000 years ago, but they just called it the Satyr. Could the could man have existed that long and why would it be in Greek mythology.


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Mysterious Beast - Goatman

Friday, August 29, 2014

Brother Lions Fight for Mate

In a very rare sighting recently at the Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve in Kenya, two brother Lions were captured in a ferocious fight of tooth and claw in order to win the affection of a lioness and for control over their pride.

On hand were seasoned photographers Laurent Renaud and Dominique Haution, both teachers from Northern France. Miss Haution explained: “When lions want to take over a pride, the old lions fight with the new ones. But seeing two lion brothers fighting, one against the other, is a very rare sighting. We were very lucky to witness it, and both lions unfortunately ended up with serious wounds. But that’s just what happens in the wild and we would never interfere with nature.”

Just 15 minutes after the bloody brawl, the triumphant brother claimed his prize by mating with the lioness. The photographers described this to be a truly amazing moment.
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Brother Lions Fight for Mate

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Severed Cobra Head Kills Chef

A Chef died after being bitten by the severed head of a spitting cobra he was preparing a meal for at a birthday party. This all went down in the Foshan, the Guangdong providence of Southern China.


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So is it possible for a decapitated snake head to kill things?


“hell yes…” was snake expert Sean Bush’s response. “Its a last ditch effort to survive.”


Chef Peng Fan was preparing snake soup for a guests birthday party using an Indochinese spitting cobra.


Equatorial-spitting-cobraThe snake’s head had been decapitated for a full 20 minutes before this occurred.


The chef had diced up the snake for the soup, picked up the head and was throwing it into the trash when it bit him.


This is apparently very common because snakes have a very slow metabolic rate.


This allows the brain of the snake, the venom glands and the venom delivering muscles to function up to an hour even after the blood supply has been cut off.


When the cobra bit Chef Peng, he was injected with a flesh-killing, neurotoxic venom which paralyzes the respiratory system causing you to asphyxiate, which basically means you suffocate due to lack of oxygen.


The chef could have been saved by anti-venom if they could have gotten it to him on time.


But according to the report, authorities said the chef had a “very severe reaction to the bite.”


Here is a video of a copperhead that was actually filmed biting itself


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Severed Cobra Head Kills Chef

Elephant Calf Takes on Huge Buffalo Bull

This over-confident elephant calf learned a valuable life lesson recently as he tried to take on a huge buffalo bull at the Spekboom lagoon in Addo Elephant National Park.


The calf was among a herd of elephants refreshing themselves when an adult buffalo walked towards the water to join them.


Most of the elephants paid little attention to the buffalo however the calf was not thrilled by his presence. In a bizarre attempt to intimidate the massive buffalo, the calf charged hoping to scare him out of the area.


The fearless calf received a rude awakening as the buffalo bull lunged at him with his huge horned head sending him flying several feet in the air. While he escaped physical injury, his pride was undoubtedly hurt and he spent the rest of the day hiding behind his mother.


What was very surprising was that the other elephants were in no way disturbed by this event, almost as if it were a life lesson the young calf had to learn.
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Elephant Calf Takes on Huge Buffalo Bull

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

How Many Rattlesnakes Can Fit in Your Mouth?

Jackie Bibby, also known as The Texas Snake Man, is quite a celebrity in the snake community. The snake handler, who specializes in rattlesnakes, has been performing unbelievable stunts and charming snakes for over forty years.


Bibby made his rise to fame when he earned a few of the most obscure records ever recorded in the Guinness books. They include, “Holding the most rattlesnakes in mouth,” (13) “Laying in a bathtub with the most snakes,” (195) “Laying in a sleeping bag with the most rattlesnakes,” (109) “Sacking 10 rattlesnakes the fastest,” (17.11 seconds) and “Head first in a sleeping bag with the most rattlesnakes.” (24)


These impressive records have remained undefeated for years and will likely remain unchallenged.


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Bibby was inspired by rattlesnakes when he first attended a rattlesnake roundup in Texas at the age of 18.


“You’re never more alive than when you’re near death,” Bibby claims. By this claim, Jackie has been very lively as he has been bitten on at least twelve separate occasions by rattlesnakes during his decades of handling.


One of these incidents resulted in the amputation of part of his right leg near the knee, though that hardly slowed Bibby down. With a unique passion for the snakes, he has continued to hunt them, charm them and entertain the world with them. Jackie Bibby has even become a popular figure on Animal Planet since his show “Rattlesnake Republic” took off.


Bibby exposing himself to real snakes and danger can be seen on the show, which has multiple seasons already aired. In one episode, Jackie getting bit for the 10th time can be seen!


Even though Jackie has faced a lot of troubles from the snakes, it is unlikely that he will ever write them off. He has dedicated his life to rattlesnake handling and still has quite a passion for it after so many years. “I’m not going to quit something that has done this much for me,” Jackie said after a recent bite.


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How Many Rattlesnakes Can Fit in Your Mouth?

Crocodile Surprises Sea Turtle

Alejandro Prieto caught an amazing moment when a crocodile bite an unsuspecting sea turtle on a beach in southwestern part of Costa Rica.


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Crocodile Surprises Sea Turtle