Hippopotamuses are vegetarians and look like slow gentle giants who love to lounge about in pools of water all day long. How they seem to appear does not match how they actually are in reality. These river horses have become known as Africa’s number one most dangerous animal responsible for more human fatalities than any other beast. On average they kill around 3,000 people annually and oftentimes in gruesome fashion.
One would think that because they are so huge you would see them coming, but this isn’t so. They often spend up to 10 minutes at a time submerged in water before coming up for air. Any small boat that happens to be above when they rise up faces serious danger of capsizing. They are also very unpredictable and will overturn boats for no reason. Being on land does not make you any safer as male hippos are very territorial and constantly defend areas they deem under their control. Females can also be aggressive if they feel or think their babies are being threatened. Usually the babies stay in the water while the mother feeds on shore. Anyone who crosses between them at this time is a threat and risks being attacked. This situation also happens to be when people most often die from a hippo attack.
And don’t think you can outrun this large beast. They can reach speeds of over 20mph and considering they weigh in excess of over one or two tons that is fast! For perspective- only the elephant is bigger (and also a lot nicer). Hippos deserve to be feared, I mean they are known to regularly kill crocodiles!
All these crazy facts are what makes this video so amazingly freaky. In it the hippo is not provoked in any discernible manner. Yet it can be seen diving under the water and bee-lining towards the small boat, clearly on a mission to attack it. You cannot see the hippo but you know it is somewhere very close and it is not happy. When its head does break the surface it looks like the things nightmares are made of. Its dark menacing face is too close for comfort. The video was taken by Craig Clive Jackson when he and his father were on a Pangolin Photo Safari in Kasana, Botswana. The elder Jackson stated in the video comments that the hippo came even closer than he appears to have on the video. After seeing this video, a safari trip seems like an exciting adventurous way to explore Africa, but only if they offer tours with bigger boats…..
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Let’s all agree that this winter has been absolutely brutal. If you thought the East Coast had it bad just look at how bad it was in Canada. This video was shot in Dieppe, New Brunswick, and shows how this resident physically could not leave his house. This will blow your mind.
Meet Rich German a marine life conservationist. Every week he paddle boards off the coast of Laguna Beach California. On this day he was out with his GoPro camera when he experienced something he has always dreamed of. A pod of 5 orca whales surrounded him on his paddle board. This moment is so beautiful and breathtaking. It is a true reminder of what a wonderful world we live in.
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Flash floods can occur under several types of conditions. Flash flooding occurs when precipitation falls rapidly on saturated soil or dry soil that has poor absorption ability. The runoff collects in gullies and streams and, as they join to form larger volumes, often forms a fast flowing front of water and debris. Flash floods most often occur in normally dry areas that have recently received precipitation, but may be seen anywhere downstream from the source of the precipitation, even many miles from the source. In areas on or near volcanoes, flash floods have also occurred after eruptions, when glaciers have been melted by the intense heat. Flash floods are known to occur in the highest mountain ranges of the United States and are also common in the arid plains of the southwestern United States. Flash flooding can also be caused by extensive rainfall released by hurricanes and other tropical storms, as well as the sudden thawing effect of ice dams. Human activities can also cause flash floods to occur. When dams, constructed for hydro-electricity, have failed, large quantities of water can be released and can destroy everything within its path.
This Flash Flood took place earlier this week near the River Servol, in Valencia Spain. The speed at which this flood progressed is truly scary. In an instant the entire terrain is engulfed in water.
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This very happy Weimaraner named Pilly, is all smiles as he goes for a little joyride with his owner Josh Hickamin in Phoenix, Arizona. Pilly can’t seem to get enough of the open sunroof, as he pops up excitedly to let his cheeks and eyelids flap in the wind.
The coconut crab, Birgus latro, is a species of terrestrial hermit crab, also known as the robber crab or palm thief. It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper size limit for terrestrial animals with exoskeletons in recent Earth atmosphere, with a weight of up to 4.1 kg (9.0 lb). It can grow to up to 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in length from leg to leg. It is found on islands across the Indian Ocean and parts of the Pacific Ocean as far east as the Gambier Islands, mirroring the distribution of the coconut palm; it has been extirpated from most areas with a significant human population, including mainland Australia and Madagascar. Source: wikipedia