New Jersey Fisherman Encounter 16-Foot Great White Shark
New Jersey fisherman recorded a huge 16-foot-long great white shark. The shark circled their boat for about ten minutes. The fisherman were very excited to see the big shark. The fisherman did have some chum which attracted the shark. Take a look:
Report: Over 30% of Managed Honey Bee Colonies in U.S. Lost Last Winter
The Bee Informed Partnership, in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America (AIA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), has turned in a preliminary report that indicates 31.1% of managed honey bee colonies in the United States were lost during the 2012/2013 winter. On average, U.S. beekeepers lost 45.1% of the colonies in their operation during the winter of 2012/2013. This is a 19.8 point or 78.2% increase in the average operational loss compared to the previous winter (2011/2012), which was estimated at 25.3%.
A Wiredarticle there were barely enough bees to pollinate the almond crop in California in March. Dennis van Engelstorp of the University of Maryland, told Wired, "We're getting closer and closer to the point where we don't have enough bees in this country to meet pollination demands."
The Wiredstory on the bee colony losses also notes that many of the losses from the 2012-2013 winter survey were not colony collapse disorder. Honeybees were also killed by Varroa destructor mites and drought. There are also concerns neonicotinoid pesticides are killing bees.
Here is a video about Stoopid Tall, an enormously tall bicycle, being driven around Los Angeles. The bike, built by Richie Trimble, is 14.5 feet tall. To get down the bicyclist climbed down a pole. The video is from the rider's perspective. There are photos at the end of the video that show the giant bike. Take a look:
This video, called Tahoe Blue, offers beautiful views of Lake Tahoe, a picturesque freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of the United States. The imagery was captured in 2012 and 2013 by photographers Hal Bergman and Josh Michaels. Take a look:
Wingsuit jumper Alexander Polli does a crazy stunt in this video. He flies through a narrow cave on a mountainside. The cave is located in Roca Foradada Mountains in Montserrat, Spain. He reached speeds of 155 mph during the insane dive. Take a look:
A rare, endangered Florida panther (Puma concolor) has been released back into the wild by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC rescued the panther and its sister as 5-month old kittens after the mother was found dead. The brother was released today. The female panther was successfully released in February in Collier County. The FWC says 100 to 160 endangered panthers remain in South Florida in the wild. The panther didn't wait long before running off into the woods. Take a look:
CNN captured thundersnow in Kansas during its recent winter storm, which closed the airport for about a day. It is very impressive seeing lightning and snow happening in the sky. The heavy snow appeared to intensify following the thunder and lightning. CNN says at one point Topeka received 3 inches of snow in just 30 minutes - a very impressive rate of 6 inches per hour. Take a look:
NASA: Summer Extremes Getting More Extreme in Northern Hemisphere
NASA's statistical analysis of decades of Northern Hemisphere temperature data indicates that people living north of the equator are experiencing a greater frequency of extreme summer heat waves. The data indicates hotter summers are becoming the new normal.
James Hansen of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, says in a release, "Such anomalies were infrequent in the climate prior to the warming of the past 30 years, so statistics let us say with a high degree of confidence that we would not have had such an extreme anomaly this summer in the absence of global warming."
A speedboat put out a fire using the spray from its speedboat on a lake in New Zealand. The boat was still a complete disaster, but by putting out the fire the speedboat prevented the fuel on board from exploding and starting a brush fire. Take a look:
NASA says in a release that Hurricane Sandy should be considered a bride of Frankenstorm because Sandy is a woman's name.
NASA's TRMM satellite revealed Hurricane Sandy's heavy rainfall and the storm is expected to couple with a powerful cold front and Arctic air to bring that heavy rainfall to the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S. Some forecasters are calling this combination of weather factors "Frankenstorm" because of the close proximity to Halloween. However, because Sandy is a woman's name, the storm could be considered a "bride of Frankenstorm."
This seems like a good name for her: Sandy, the bride of Frankenstorm. Whatever her name is, she is forecast to be an incredibly dangerous and epic storm for portions of the U.S. east coast and inland. This visible image above was taken from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite on Friday, Oct. 26 at 10:15 a.m. EDT.
Bear Grylls has announced the launch of his Bear Grylls Survival Academy, which will teach Bear's extreme survival techniques. The course will launch in the wilderness areas of Sutherland, Scotland. The inaugural six-day course will launch on November 3, 2012. There will also be courses in the U.S. and Africa in 2013.
The six-day course will include remote land/sea survival and adventure tasks. Techniques include how to make a fire in the pouring rain, build emergency shelters, learn best ways to use a knife for survival, forage for grubs and rodents, remote medical trauma, rappelling, extreme weather survival and river crossings. You can find out more here. Take a look:
Photographer John Eklund shot this amazing film using timelapse photography. It took about 260,000 images to make the video and 6.3 TB of hard drive space. The locations in the video include Mt. Shuksan, Crater Lake, Mt. Bachelor, Mount St. Helens, Oregon's Badlands, Painted Hills, Cape Kiwanda, Mt. Hood, Lost lake, and Cannon Beach. Take a look:
This video from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Midwest Region shows you to identify the invasive Asian carp species. It teaches you how to identify bighead and silver carps using grass carp and common carp as points of comparison. The Asian carps pose a threat to the Great Lakes. They out compete desirable native fishes for food. They can also be a health hazard to people in boats as they leap out of the water. Take a look:
Over 20,000 Leatherback Turtle Eggs Crushed by Bulldozers in Trinidad
Thousands of leatherback sea turtle eggs were crushed by bulldozers in Trinidad. Construction crews apparently did not notice they were digging up a leatherback turtle breeding ground when they were trying to divert a flooded river away from a nearby hotel where tourists had gathered to watch the turtles hatch. The Daily Mailsays hotel guests were horrified as they watched the injured hatchlings die.
The beach is the densest breeding ground in the world for the protected turtle species. The AP says environmentalists are calling for an investigation as the construction workers were reportedly working unsupervised. The terrible accident could have easily been avoided if the careless crews had been told to avoid the part of the beach containing the buried eggs. Take a look:
You can find out more about leatherback turtles here.
Video: Diving Champion Tanya Streeter Dives With Humpback Whales
World free-diving champion Tanya Streeter dives with humpback whales in the Turks and Caicos Islands in this video from BBC sea life show Diving with Whales. Tanya's ultimate goal is to swim with a mother and her calf and she succeeds in getting close to them. Tanya has set 10 diving world records according to the Telegraph. Take a look: