Month: May 2014

Watch as this whale surfaces for food nearly swallowing the photographer (video)

It’s not every day that you get to see a whale coming up to feed on a massive glob of sardines and an even rarer day when you get to see a whale nearly swallow a man. In the video below, a diver, we’ll call him “Jonah”, was filming the whale as the giant beast rose to feed on a huge school of sardines during the annual sardine run, from May through June when millions of sardines travel north along the South African coastline to reproduce. “Jonah” saw the whale coming up and knew he was a goner. According to the diver/photographer: “The diameter of his mouth was big enough to swallow a car. He would have barely felt me going in.” Fortunately for the photographer (whose real

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking faster than ever before

In any other circumstance, a huge, red, festering blemish would be a bad thing but not for the planet Jupiter. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot has been a defining characteristic of the planet since man began looking at the stars through bamboo shoots. But that may be about to change. NASA says that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is shrinking in size faster than ever and could disappear altogether within 20 years. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot is an Earth-sized storm raging on the gas giant’s surface. Scientists have known about the red spot since at least 1831 (and possibly as early as 1665). The storm rotates differently than the planet’s atmosphere and is believed to have traveled around the planet several times during its recorded history. For several years,

Rising global temperatures is turning all the sea turtles into girls

Scientists have always known that reptiles, such as snakes, lizards, and turtles, are very sensitive to temperatures of the area that they live in. In fact, temperatures affect reptiles before they are even born and help determine whether the baby reptile will be born a boy or a girl. 84 degrees F is the preferred temperature for reptiles and if it gets hotter than that, the babies begin to be born as girls. At around 87 degrees F, all baby reptiles will be born girls (any hotter and they die altogether). Scientists have found that global warming, the continuing rise of the Earth’s temperature, is impacting the gender of baby sea turtles, warming their environment and causing more girls than boys to be born. Right now

Picture of massive supercell thunderstorm cloud captured by storm chaser group

Storm chasers group, Basehunters, captured this beautiful shot of a massive supercell cloud near Clareton, Wyoming on May 18, 2014. The picture features a massive rotating updraft of a supercell thunderstorm. Supercells are the largest, strongest and longest-lasting thunderstorms and usually feature a rotating updraft as seen in the picture above. Supercells often form when cold fronts, massive columns of colder air, move into the area. As the cold front approaches, warm, moist air is forced to rise which creates an updraft. The air moving upwards begins to rotate or spin creating a mesocyclone. As the water vapor rises, it condenses creating the massive swirling clouds inside the supercell thunderstorm. Despite their scary appearance, supercell thunderstorms typically do not produce tornadoes. They do however, produce huge amounts

Record breaker – researchers discover world’s largest dinosaur in Argentina

Scientists have been digging at the site for over three years now and have finally hit pay dirt (pay dirt… digging… get it? I’ll show myself out now…). Researchers have unearthed what they believe is the largest dinosaur ever and the biggest animal ever known to have walked the earth. The creature is estimated to weigh almost 80 tons (as much as 14 elephants) and stand over 65 feet tall (that’s almost as tall as a seven-story building). From its head to the tip of its tail measures 130 feet – about half the length of a football field! The gigantic specimen was found in the Patagonia region of Argentina, a hot spot for dinosaur fossils, at a site that researchers have been digging for over

Forget throwing stuff at it while you flee – this robot can catch anything you throw at it

When the robot invasion starts (when robots take over the world and enslave the human race), proper robot self-defense is going to be difficult – especially now that we find out we can’t throw rocks, furniture, or small children at them while we flee. You see, this amazing robot can catch anything you throw at it. The armature of this robotic arm has four fingers and a three-jointed hand that can react at a blazing 5/100ths of a second. The software on this EPFL-developed robot allows it to be “taught” how to catch by a human. A human moves the robot’s arm around manually until it “learns” how to catch the object. Then the robot uses its camera-based tracking system, which tracks trajectory, speed, and rotation of

It rained fish in Sri Lanka – villagers collect thousands of fish that fell from the sky

Villagers in a west Sri Lanka scooped up buckets and buckets full of fish after thousands of the squirming little critters rained down on the village of Chilaw on May 6, 2014. Villagers said they heard something heavy on the roofs of their homes and since it wasn’t the night before Christmas, ran outside to see what was the matter. They tore open their doors and on the way out, grabbed buckets that they had hanging on their porches (with care) and began to scoop up as many of the tasty fish as they could [Reeko fishing tip: it's much easier to catch fish when someone is throwing them at  you].  It rained fish once before in Sri Lanka – back in 2012. After Tuesday's disruptive

A deer no bigger than a hamster? Meet the tiny Java mouse-deer

A rare mini-Bambi born in a Spanish zoo in 2014 has put the tiny Java mouse-deer on the front page and in everyone's mind! Seldom seen in zoos, the miniature Java mouse-deer starts off the size of a hamster, weighing less than ¼ lb. When full grown, the tiny-hoofed critter will grow no bigger than a small Chihuahua dog, with legs the size of pencils, and weigh no more than 2 lbs. The tiny Java mouse-deer is extremely shy, intelligent, and although it has no antlers or horns, it does have cute little tusks sticking out from its upper jaw to help protect itself from terrifying beasts such as rabbits and house cats. The Java mouse-deer can be seen running around the tropical rainforests (they travel in herds just like

Rare (and super ugly) goblin shark caught in Florida

When shrimp captain Carl Moore caught it, he didn’t know what it was – and looking like a creature from the movie “Alien”, he refused to go near it. Luckily, he snapped a few photos before tossing the ugly Goblin shark back into the water so it could resume its primary objective of confusing scientists and terrorizing fishermen throughout the world. Moore was about half way through his 18-hour workday when he made the bizarre catch. He had just begun carrying a camera on his fishing expeditions, wanting to share what he does with his 4-year-old grandson Keaton.  What he didn't want to do however, was give his grandson nightmares so he instead took the pictures of the Goblin shark back to shore and handed them