Megalodon, the largest shark to have ever terrorised our planet's oceans, may have gone extinct owing to its limited dietary preference for dwarf whales, according to new research.
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If you're counting on technology to radically extend your lifespan, you'll want to pay close attention to what's happening with the Greenland shark. According to a new scientific paper, this mysterious deep-sea dweller can live up to 400 years, making it the longest-lived vertebrate on Earth.
Video: The deep sea is home to creatures that are sort of normal but then have some sick twist that make them monstrous and so creepy you want to peel your skin off. A squid can't be just a squid, it has to be a giant squid the size of a school bus. A shark can't just be a shark, it has to be a goblin shark with a jaw that protrudes out of their face. A giant isopod looks like the world's largest cockroach and zombie worms are freaking called zombie worms. Life is scary down there, man.
You're looking at the first-ever sonogram of a pregnant tiger shark. The baby sharks inside the mother shark's belly have been highlighted in the footage below so you can see them more easily. But even without the added outline and colour, you can very clearly see the sharks' heads and their very frightening rows of teeth. Amazing.
Video: Smithsonian Channel's Secrets of Shark Island is a wonderful documentary about the ecosystem in the waters around the Revillagigedo Islands, a group of four volcanic islands 386km off of Mexico. Because it's "the only natural juncture for miles" in the Pacific Ocean, there's a lot going on around there. Most scarily, a shit ton of migrating sharks. My God, just look at all them.
Forget that movie where Blake Lively hides from a shark on a rock. Give us, instead, Jason Bloody Statham going up against a bloodthirsty, 18m-long Megalodon that's somehow been chilling in the Mariana Trench for millions and millions of years. We're gonna need a bigger boat... full of popcorn.
Drones are slowly but surely becoming part of the equation for emergency services for jobs like search-and-rescue or avalanche prevention. Australia's taking things a step further, thanks to the introduction of a long-range helicopter drone to help with a very Australian problem.
Hey look, it's Jaws in real life. Which should scare the bones out of land dwelling ol' me but the sheer size of this giant monster great white shark is so ridiculously huge (I mean, it's more blimp than shark), that I can't help but laugh. Look at it dwarf the entire cage and treat that daredevil of a scuba diver as some peon fish not even worth eating.
Even when we have home field advantage, a beached shark is still not something you want to see on a relaxing trip to the playa. Because, for one, the shark baring its teeth and whipping its tail is still scary as hell even though it shouldn't be able to reach you. But, more importantly, because we're humans with hearts and some semblance of a soul, we would want to rescue the shark which means we have to bring it to their territory — back to the ocean.