Orca whales learning how to hunt on land (video)
Innovative killer whales are breaching a beach in Argentina to grab seals and sea lions in the first such behavior ever witnessed.
A pair of orcas particularly adept at the brazen strategy, nicknamed Mel and Maga by observing National Geographic scientists, have been spotted repeatedly riding the waves to shore, grabbing the animals, then slipping back into the water. “It’s awe inspiring to see these creatures launch themselves onto the beach and snatch these baby seals,” said witness Howard Rosenbaum of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The animals are some 30 feet long and weigh 6 tons. They eat close to 500 pounds of food each day. “One of the most amazing things is that this is learned behavior,” said Rosenbaum. “The whales actually teach each other how to do it.” Mel and Maga are passing on their knowledge now to other hunter whales in an “underground killing school” just offshore, reports ABC News.
Dog saves his owner from a cougar attack
An 11-year-old British Columbia boy and his dog are both fine after a Saturday night run-in with a cougar—during which the dog, Angel, lived up to its name.
A cougar charged at Austin Forman as he collected firewood—but Austin’s 18-month-old golden retriever got in between them, leaving Austin free to run inside screaming, “A cougar is eating Angel!” CTVBC reports.
The family called 911 and the constable who arrived within a minute shot the cougar, who was chewing on the dog’s face and neck, dead. Angel—who “must’ve known something was up” because she had been following the boy around all day, says Austin’s mother says—is recovering from puncture wounds and a swollen eye. “Now she’s our guardian angel.”
In case you missed it: 19-year-old has great day at The Price is Right
So, we came across this video today, not sure if it’s old or new but that doesn’t take away the awesomesauce it’s soaked on.
Meet Taylor, the luckiest 19-year-old on the planet:
In case you missed it: Shorewood High backwards lip sync video
A wacky lip sync video at a Washington high school has become a YouTube hit. The video, filmed at Shorewood High School, at first looks like a straight-forward—though impressive—student music creation involving most of the school.
But the crowds around the various singers seem to be performing strange feats of magic as paper airplanes, cards and pom poms fly back into their hands. That’s because the entire video was filmed, in one take, backwards.
To work, singers has to learn the featured song, Hall & Oates’ You Make My Dreams Come True, backwards, so they could mouth the words correctly. A student sounds like a Martian might as he recites the reversed syllables for a local news station. The video was made by a film class in response to a challenge film by a rival high school featuring Outkast’s song Hey Ya. But that song was lip-synched the old-fashioned way.
Santa arrested for throwing paint to Las Vegas famous sign
A 69-year-old Nevada man was arrested this morning after splashing paint on the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign in what he said was an attempt to get the government’s attention. Joe Pepitone—apparently not the retired baseball player—was wearing a Santa hat, shorts, and a barrel crafted out of cardboard, but no shoes, when he hurled glass balls filled with red and black paint at the landmark sign.
He lost his job this week because of his age, and is worried he has no health care.”I am scared” says the “man on the barell”, and this is his way of calling the attention of the goverment to tell them “this is not working America”
“This fellow is a little imbalanced, it would appear. I mean look at the outfit he has,” mayor Oscar Goodman, a well-known opponent of graffiti, told Fox 5. “You almost have to feel sorry for the fact he’s trying to get this kind of attention by defacing something that’s very important to this community.”
In case you missed it: 75-year-old doing acrobatic salsa dancing (video)
Spain’s answer to Susan Boyle took to the stage in a national talent show and produced a jaw-dropping display of athletic ability to win the competition.
The show-stopper was 75-year-old British grandmother Paddy Jones who reportedly returned to dancing just five years ago after the death of her husband.
Jones, who is originally from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, England, appeared on stage in front of a studio audience with a partner 40 years her junior.
The unlikely partners proceeded to perform a high-energy sequence of gravity-defying lifts, spins and flips.
Clips of Jones’ performance on “Tu Si Que Vales,” the Spanish equivalent of “Britain’s Got Talent,” are attracting hits on video-sharing site YouTube and comments including “wonderful,” “excellent” and “incredible woman!!”
Cool nature: Coconut-carrying octopus amazes scientists (video)
Australian scientists observing octopi on the sea floor near Indonesia were amazed to discover that the creatures scoop up coconut halves, empty them out, and carry them around to assemble into shelters.
The behavior shows a surprising level of intelligence, the researchers say, and is the first recorded instance of tool use among octopi or any invertebrate creature.
“What makes it different from a hermit crab is this octopus collects shells for later use, so when it’s transporting them it’s not getting any protection from them,” one of the scientists tells AP. “It’s that collecting it to use it later that is unusual.” The researchers believe the creatures once used shells in the same way before humans began cutting coconuts in half and disposing of them in the ocean.
Crazy sky spiral freaks out Norwegians (video)
Norwegians have been left mystified by a strange light display in the night sky captured over a military base in Skjold.
Eyewitnesses were left wondering whether they had seen a UFO.
SpaceWeather.com, a trusted source run by NASA science writer Tony Phillips, says the “evidence is mounting” that the sky show was real. And not just real, but the product of a Russian missile launch.
“A rocket motor spinning out of control could explain the spiral pattern, so this explanation seems plausible, although it has not yet been confirmed,” Phillips wrote
A space animator even took the time to use a 3-D modeling program to show how the rocket motor could have made what seems a bizarrely regular shape. Although, the YouTube poster, unmannedspaceflight, made sure to note the rendering is “not an official answer.”
Later, a statement from Moscow confirmed that a missile launch from a Russian submarine in the region had failed.
Don’t you guys think this is just a little too weird?