It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, or in the case of the southeastern United States, it's an alligator-eat-shark kind of a world, according to an unsettling new study from Kansas State University scientists.
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A South African shark-watching hotspot has recently turned into the scene of a seaside horror movie. For several months, enormous great white shark corpses have been washing up on the Gansbaai beaches, often missing their livers as if feasted upon by cetacean Hannibal Lecters. But this is no movie -- it's just biology, ruthless as ever.
You might remember last month when orcas ate an enormous great white shark's liver, Hannibal Lecter style, in South Africa. It seems the killer whales have decided, why stop there? Why not take the testicles and stomach, too?
Shark experts are very upset with porn star Molly Cavalli. Last week, she appeared in a video produced by the live sex site CamSoda in which she claims a shark bit her foot. Based on every piece of confirmable evidence, however, it looks like the video is a complete hoax.
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.