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Giant spider web covers over 4 acres of space in water treatment facility

Before we begin, let’s get this out of the way: AyeeeeEEEEEEeeeeeee!!! Back in 2009, the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant put in a call of the most unusual nature when they reported a giant spider web that covered almost 4 acres of their huge indoor water treatment facility. Scientists estimated the giant spider web contained well over 107 million spiders!  See the 4-acre spider web in the picture above. The culprits were orb-weaver spiders that in some cases, filled over 95% of the various sections of the plant. The spider webbing was so heavy, it pulled light fixtures from the ceiling. There are over 10,000 species of orb weaver spiders. In all, they make up about 25% of the planet’s spider population.
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Look, over there, a cute little Bambi deer waitin… OMGITHASFANGS!!! Kashmir “vampire” deer spotted in wild

  Prior to last week, it had not been seen in the wild for over sixty years. But now rough-and-tumble Afghanistans have one more scary wild beast to add to their already-impressive list of frightening creatures – a real-life Kashmir musk "vampire" deer with six-inch fangs! Researchers in Afghanistan had not seen a Kashmir musk deer since 1948. But a team of scientists reported last week that they have made five Kashmir musk deer sightings in a secluded range of land in Afghanistan. Included in the coven of wild beasts were a male, two females, and a baby!  Alas, the scientists say the vampire deer is hard to photograph (duh, it’s a vampire) so no pictures of the elusive beasts have been captured yet. The…
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Street-toughened “steamer duck” has equivalent of brass knuckles – beats snot out of any duck that looks at it wrong

You do not want to run across this duck in a dark alley. The Fuegian steamer duck has the equivalent of brass knuckles on the edges of its wings and with a body built like a feathered tank, can easily beat the snot out of any other bird that looks at it the wrong way. If are unfortunate enough to run across one, avert your gaze – quickly. Keep your head down and make no sudden movements as you quietly sneak away. The heads and necks of steamer ducks are massive, much thicker than normal ducks, and their bodies are equipped with thickened skin for additional armor-like protection. All of this extra protection pushes the steamer duck's weight to a hefty 10 pounds (mallard ducks…
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Puppy-sized spider makes horrifying clicking sound when walking and shoots barbed webs into your eyes

Harvard entomologist Piotr Naskrecki’s was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum, raccoon, or a rat. Instead… "When I turned on the light, I couldn't quite understand what I was seeing.” What he was seeing was a nightmare come to life – the South American Goliath birdeater spider, which has legs about a foot long (the size of a child’s forearm), a body the size of “a large fist”, and weighs about ½ pound. For those trying to form the visual – that’s the size of a small puppy!  In addition, the birdeater spider’s body is…
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Countdown to extinction – Suni the white rhino dies. Only six white rhinos remain on the planet.

Calling it a “sorry testament to the greed of the human race”, rangers found the lifeless body of Suni the white rhino in his hut on a Kenyan wildlife conservancy this week. Suni was 34 years old when he died and was one of only seven northern white rhinos left on the planet. That leaves six white rhinos on Earth, only one of which is a male, so sadly, the countdown to extinction has begun. The northern white rhinoceros is also called the “northern square-lipped rhinoceros” .  The northern white rhinoceros is one of two subspecies of white rhinoceros. Poachers hunting the animals for their horns reduced the population to 15 white rhinos by the 1980’s. They are extinct in the wild and only live…
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Greenpeace submarine attacked by pair of Red Devil Squid – attempted “squidnapping” narrowly avoided… [video]

Straight from the “Stuff of Nightmares” department, two Greenpeace submarine divers had their submersible attacked by a pair of Humboldt squids (aka jumbo squid). The workers were on an expedition in the Bering Sea when the attack occurred and caught the whole episode on video which they posted to Vine. Check out the video of the squid attack below:   The workers were working inside the Dual Deep Worker submersible when the encounter occurred. The jumbo squid, affectionately known as red devil squid, are famed for their aggression and red ink they squirt when attacking. They can grow up to 7 feet in length, weigh as much as 100 lbs, and have tentacles lined with tiny, sharp teeth! The divers believe the bright flashing lights on the submarine triggered the attack…
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Most terrifying Great White Shark photo ever! And you’ll never guess who took the picture…

National Geographic reported this unbelievably terrifying photo of a Great White Shark lunging for bait dangling from a shark cage. The photo was taken by 26-year-old Amanda Brewer who acts as a courageous cage diver by night and a, wait for it… New Jersey school teacher by day! She took the photo of the female great white shark off Seal Island in Mossel Bay, South Africa. She told Nat Geo: “I wasn't afraid at all. Once you see them up close, you gain an enormous respect for them. They're beautiful, powerful, and intelligent, and it erases all the fear.” Mrs. Brewer (should we kneel and address her as “your honor”?) says she took the picture with a GoPro camera she picked up before her trip…
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Sharks locked in an intimate kiss? No! It’s a rare case of two sharks attacking each other! [Video]

You can usually tell if a shark is hungry by, well, let’s face it – if they’re breathing, they are hungry. But they usually don’t attack each other. In the video below, two sharks go at each other off the coast of Neptune Island in Australia. It’s hard to tell if they purposely attacked each other or accidentally locked jaws while going after the same piece of bait but in the end, the result is the same – we end up with two sharks embraced in some sort of weird, angry kiss. Check out the video below (we’ve added post processing slo-mo’s and zooms for intimacy). Two sharks attacking each other off coast of Neptune Island in Australia
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35,000 walrus unable to find sea ice to rest on – beach themselves instead

Pacific walrus are looking for sea ice in Arctic waters and finding that available ice is now much harder to come by. The walrus seek the sea ice to rest on. When they cannot find sea ice, they take the next best thing – an empty beach. In the photo above, an estimated 35,000 walrus beached themselves on a beach north of Point Lay in Alaska (just north-west of Anchorage) after being unable to find an ice sheet to rest upon. Pacific walrus spend winters in the Bering Sea. Unlike seals, walrus cannot swim indefinitely and must rest. The female walrus also uses the sea ice as a platform to give birth on and as a “home base” as they search for snails, clams, and…
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Slow down people! Scientists say we are consuming ecological goods of one-and-a-half Earths

Scientists say we are now consuming the ecological goods of one-and-a-half Earths and if we don’t slow down, there will be nothing left to sustain us. According to a new report, wildlife populations have been cut in half over the past 40 years. More specifically, 39 percent of wildlife on land, 39 percent of wildlife in the ocean and 76 percent of freshwater wildlife have disappeared over the last 40 years.  Those are scary numbers. The main threats to wildlife are habitat loss, exploitation, and climate change – all of which are attributed to humans. Habitat loss occurs when people cut down forests for the wood or clear land for development. Exploitation refers to the illegal hunting and fishing of animals. In some cases, both threats combined…
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