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Six-legged octopus and giant clams eaten by hungry tourists
It used to be the case that a tourist felt adventurous if he or she ate the spicy sauce at a local restaurant, but today's travelers are made of sterner stuff. Some of them are ready to kill and eat any random creatures they come across, which is not good news for some rare fauna.
According to The Telegraph, an American tourist was horrified to discover that the octopus he'd killed and eaten on a recent trip to Greece was actually a very rare six-legged variety known as a "hexapus," and it was only the second ever to have been found.
Labros Hydras was snorkeling with his 10-year-old daughter and six-year-old son when they spotted the six-legged octopus rolling along, minding its own business. Excited by the prospect of the ultimate locavore lunch, Hydras caught the creature and he and his family posed for photos with it before taking turns beating it to death on some rocks.
A proud Hydras carried his catch to a nearby restaurant, but the chef declined to prepare the octopus for him. Undeterred, Hydras fried up the octopus himself and he and his family ate it with a slice of lemon and a tomato.
Only later did Hydras discover that he had eaten the second six-legged octopus ever discovered.
"It tasted just like a normal octopus but now I feel really bad," Hydras said. Biologists say Hydras' six-legged octopus was probably a regular kind of octopus with an abnormality in early development that caused it to grow only six legs.
This has not been a good summer for rare fauna and tourists, as according to the South China Morning Post, a group of Chinese tourists came under fire this week after posting photos online of themselves hunting and eating giant clams and other endangered creatures in the Paracel Islands.
“Giant clams are best when served raw, they taste good with mustard and soy sauce,” one of the tourists posted under a photo of their now slightly more endangered dinner. “Most giant clams we picked weighed at least four kilograms.”
Scuba diving in the area is allowed, but visitors are not supposed to touch or disturb any wildlife.
Incredible moment water flows UPWARDS in a rare sea vortex
Rumble / Strange Weather — This is the incredible moment water flowed UPWARDS - after waves were caught in a rare sea vortex.
Samy Jacobsen, 41, was out walking along the cliffs off Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands when he spotted a whirlwind of water rising from the waves.
He watched as the vortex of spray climbed up the side of the 470m sea cliff - known as Beinisvørð - and billowing on to the cliff top, on Monday.
Weather experts said it was a water spout - a spiralling pillar of air - which forms like a tornado over the water when a cliff edge spins the wind in a circle.1m26s
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Ocean Giants: 15 Of The Largest Sea Animals In The World
The Blue Whale is the biggest animal on earth known to man on both land and sea. This thing is HUUUGEEEE and just to put things in perspective, it is comparable to a Boeing 373 airplane and its tongue alone weighs 4 tons.
Image Credit: http://oceana.org
#2 The Fin Whale
Topping the charts at number two, the Fin Whale is actually the second largest animal on the planet. It can swim at speeds up to 23 mph and has a diet primarily of crustaceans, krill, squid, and fish.
Image Credit: coolantarctica.com
#3 The Whale Shark
Maxing out at a length of roughly 65 feet and a whopping 75,000 pounds, the Whale Shark dwarfs a majority of oceanic creatures. It is a filter feeder and has the ability to sift through over 1,500 gallons of water in an hour as part of its feeding ritual.
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#4 Sperm Whale
The Sperm Whale can grow upwards of 80 feet in length, which is essentially an 8-story building that can swim. Unlike many other whale species, these whales have teeth as opposed to bristles, making them the largest toothed animal to roam the sea.
Image Credit: Amanda Cotton/ Caters News
#5 Giant Manta Rays
Regarded as the world’s largest Ray species, the Giant Manta Ray’s name is self-explanatory. Their large pectoral fins stretch to an unbelievable 30 feet across which is about four-and-a-half times wide as Michael Jordan is tall.
#6 Lion’s Mane Jelly
These Jelly Fish have a sting as bad as a lions bite but they don’t get their name because of that. These massive jellyfish are among the biggest in the world. These things have eight groups of tentacles which are composed of 70 to 150 strands that can grow up to a terrifying 120 feet in length.
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#7 The Killer Whale
The Killer Whale, otherwise known as an Orca, is one of the biggest and most powerful predators on the planet. They are an apex predator, which means they are on the top of the food chain, preying on animals like seals and dolphins.
#8 The Great White Shark
The Great White Shark is also an apex predator as well with little-known predators other than the Killer Whale. The Great White typically runs three times the size of the average human male
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#9 Giant Oarfish
The Giant Oarfish is essentially a giant sea serpent. Known as one of the worlds largest bony fish it reaches lengths of up to 56 feet.
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#10 Japanese Spider Crab
Talk about crab legs! The Spider crab has a width of over 12 feet and of the 5-10 million known species of arthropods in the world, the spider crab remains the biggest.
#11 Ocean Sunfish
Known as the “swimming head” the ocean sunfish can grow up to 10.82 feet and a whopping 5,070 pounds.
#12 Giant Pacific Octopus
With a full radius spread of about 32 feet and a weight of over 600 pounds, the Giant Pacific Octopus grows bigger and lives longer than any other octopus species in the world
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#13 Basking Shark
As if sharks weren’t already scary enough, the Basking Shark can grow upwards of 40 feet, which also happens to be about the size of a school bus. Unlike many of the shark species, these sharks are the gentle giants of the bunch, feeding on mostly plankton, fish eggs, and larvae.
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#14 Portuguese Man-of-War
The Man-of-War is an interesting species that have tentacles that can grow to be about 8 feet but in some cases, there have been findings of these creatures with tentacles as long as 165 feet.
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#15 The Giant Sea Star
The name says it all! The giant Sea Star can grow up to two feet in size and also preys on mollusks. If you’re ever looking to find one of these, they make their homes near the rocky parts of low tide zones.
What’s that in the water? These rare sea creatures reported near O.C.
The glow-in-the-dark organisms called pyrosomes washed ashore at Corona del Mar State Beach this month. The blue, jellyfish-like creatures known as &ldquoBy-the-wind sailors,&rdquo invaded the same shores a bit earlier.
The last time one scientist saw By-the-wind sailors in Southern California was during the El Niño of 1982.
But the sailors and pyrosomes were just the tip of the weirdness. Yellow fin tuna, dorado, hammerhead sharks &ndash all are just some of the creatures that usually live in tropical waters that, this year, have turned up off the shores of Southern California.
&ldquoThese are strange times,&rdquo said Chris Lowe, a professor and head of the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach.
Unseasonably warm waters, Lowe says, are the attraction. Local ocean temperatures this month have topped 76 degrees, about 10 degrees warmer than average. Lowe said marine life is sensitive to weather trends.
&ldquoIt&rsquos tricky,&rdquo Lowe said. &ldquoThe animals are acting as if we&rsquore going to have an El Niño, but the ocean&rsquos conditions aren&rsquot conclusive.
Atmospheric scientists put the odds of an El Niño this fall or winter at about 65 percent. Nate Mantua, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office in Santa Cruz, says a surge in winds out of the south and weak winds in general is raising water temperatures. If an El Niño hits this fall or winter, Mantua expects our balmy seas to continue into spring.
The ocean weirdness isn&rsquot limited to Southern California. Lowe said the tropical fish are traveling as far north as the Oregon coast.
Last month, a Fullerton man reeled in a wahoo off Newport Beach. The catch was so rare that NOAA scientists asked for a sample of the fish to test its DNA.
Eric Kim, who caught a record 50-pound wahoo off Dana Point, screamed when he realized what he had. But scientists weren&rsquot shocked.
&ldquoI was expecting that someone would eventually catch one,&rdquo said Milton Love, a research biologist with the Marine Science Institute in Santa Barbara.
&ldquoI&rsquom sure there are others out there.&rdquo
Here are some of the tropical creatures that have been reported or caught in local waters:
Rare and Freaky Sea Creature Caught on Film
While many are fascinated with exploring the possibility of life beyond the planet, it is interesting to know that Earth’s diversity has a lot more to offer.
The Earth’s ocean, which cover most of the face of the planet, is home to mysterious and sometimes spooky deep-sea creatures. Most of these strange but fascinating creatures have been hiding in the depths of the planet’s waters for ages. With the development of underwater cameras, humans have been given the opportunity to see the unseen as well as explore the unexplored.
Filmed approximately 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico using an oil rig camera, this captivating footage shows a rarely seen jellyfish swimming.
According to Zeibiz, the bizarre sea creature is Depstaria reticulum, an enormous jellyfish usually found in the Antarctic, not in the Gulf of Mexico. These organisms can grow up to two feet wide.
'People are very interested in unusual sea creatures,' he added.
'Readers have the impression that with each trawl we bring aboard unusual fish specimens,' the fisherman added. 'In fact, this is far from the case. It is a rarity.
'On the other hand, even a famous fish can be photographed so that it will seem to be a "monster".' Most of the raised fish do not survive due to the difference in pressure, he added.
This creature with a domed head seems to have its mouth agape as it is held up for a photo after being raised to the surface
Pale toadfish: This spotted red creature is one of a heavy-bodied species of toadfish which sometimes grow to 16 inches long
Anglerfish: This deep-sea creature appears glossy black on top, with blue patches on its body and sharp teeth
Sea anemone: This creature is a striking shade of orange and its bulging white eyes give it the look of a cartoon character. Although they resemble flowers, sea anemones are predatory animals
These creatures hardly look like animals at all, small enough that four of them can fit in a human hand like pieces of food
Psolus phantapus: The photographer is wearing gloves to take this picture of a species of sea cucumber, which grow to have orange and white tentacles and can be as long as eight inches
A remora, which attaches itself to the undersides of sharks and rays to scavenge scraps that fall from their mouths
Brown psolus, a U-shaped relative of the sea cucumber, which attaches itself to rocks with the rectangular sole seen on the left, and extends its tentacles to feed
Big boy: This creature - a big sunfish - is one of the larger catches on the trawler where it is pictured with two crew members
The brown psolus in the centre, a relative of the sea cucumber, shows its feeding tentacles
This horrifying unidentified cyclops dragged to the surface by the Russian fisherman may be a species of flatfish
An unidentified sea animal, bright orange on top, which was caught in the nets of the Russian trawler from Murmansk
A close-up view of one of the unidentified bug-eyed fish caught in the trawler's nets
Another big-mouthed predator caught in the nets of the trawler, by a fisherman who studied marine science at university
How To Catch Deep Sea Fish New Horizons
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In New Horizons the total number of fish is 80 up from 72 in New Leaf.
How to catch deep sea fish new horizons. 41 rows Jul 03 2020 Throw on your wetsuit and lookout for deep-sea creature shadows in. New Horizons players can now go diving for new sea creatures. Finding some sea creatures like the Giant Isopod can prove challenging but usually theres a reward that makes it worthwhile.
Yet my catches have been limited to the same things. Aug 28 2020 How to Get and Use Wet Suits. Once they have no way out youll be able to catch them with no problem.
One strategy you could employ with these fish is to simply drive them to the edge of the map and corner them. You can catch 20 sea. Those have been all I have caught for maybe 50 fish.
Once you equip a Wet Suit you can press A against the ocean to leap into it and swim. New Horizons on Switch has 80 different fish for. Sea Bass Red Snapper Olive Flounder Dab and Horse Mackerel.
The only downside to this method is that it might take some time depending on your location. Catch all the deep sea creatures in Animal Crossing New Horizons with this guide that shows the list of names shadow sizes speed selling price and time o. Dropped fish include Barbel steed Eel and the Rainbow Trout.
Apr 04 2021 Nintendos Animal Crossing. Dive Close to Bubbles in the Ocean. This is where the Sea Creatures are hiding so swim as close to the bubbles as you can and dive by pressing the Y button.
This page contains a full list of all new April fish and new April bugs that can be caught in Animal Crossing. New Horizons what you need to do is get a fishing rod and then aim. To catch these new critters you will need to get yourself a wet suit and start swimming and diving in the sea around your island.
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While you swim around you will spot bubbles in the water coming up from the below. You can press A again once. Im following tips people give about catching consecutive fish in a row trekking up and down the beach waiting for new fish to appear using bait.
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In New Horizons the total number of deep-sea creatures is 40 up by 10 from New Leaf. Sep 01 2020 The Cornering Method. Mar 21 2020 How To Fish in Animal Crossing New Horizons Before fishing the player must first create a fishing rod.
Sep 24 2020 If youre new to the series and are wondering how to fish in Animal Crossing. For instance the game operates a system of fish bugs and deep-sea creatures that migrate in or out periodically. Mar 24 2021 The player can go diving after purchasing a wetsuit from the Nookstop in the sea and collect these creatures which can be donated to Blathers at the Museum or scallops can be traded with Pascal The otter for DIY recipes.
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Rare Sea Turtle Nests Soar To A 20-Year High In Thailand’s “Tourist-Free” Beaches
The Coronavirus pandemic has affected tourism for many nations, as well as damaging world economies. But there are always two sides of a coin, and a lot of benefits to wildlife and the environment are evident due to the human quarantine and lockdown in most places. Thailand, one of the most visited Asian countries by tourists, is reeling from the drop in tourism due to the virus. But, its popular beach destinations are seeing the biggest increase in nests of rare leatherback sea turtles in 20 years.
It seems that we humans are the cause of many environment and wildlife problems, and with hardly any soul found on the beaches, Mother Nature is giving the animal kingdom a much needed respite with fantastic results. Authorities have found 11 new nesting sites of the rare reptile since November of last year, the highest number in 2 decades. 11 nests may not be a significant amount to some of us, but given that Thailand’s beaches attract about 30 million tourists each year, normal times would not allow these sea creatures any inch of space on the beach. But the pandemic has halted the normal flow of people, and thankfully, nature is taking its chance without human interruption. For the last 5 years, no single nest was found.
The director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center, Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, said, “ This is a very good sign for us because many areas for spawning have been destroyed by humans. If we compare to the year before, we didn’t have this many spawn, because turtles have a high risk of getting killed by fishing gear and humans disturbing the beach.” Well, this pandemic is making lots of humans aware of their faults, hopefully we learn from it.
The leatherback turtles are the largest in the world. They can reach a length of about 7 feet, and weigh up to 2,000 pounds. In Thailand, they are considered endangered while the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the WWF list them as a vulnerable species. They require soft, sandy beaches with broad access from the ocean for their nesting sites. About 100 eggs are laid by the females and covered up to keep them safe from predators. During normal times, most nests are located in remote and quiet areas not frequented by humans. Sadly, people dig up these nests and steal the eggs. Conservationists worry that due to rapid climate change, animals such as these turtles will not be able to adapt, and severe repercussions will be evident.
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But thankfully, this pandemic has given some creatures a chance to adapt and make the most of their natural habitat, habitats that are usually full of people. And this is not an isolated case, places all over the world are experiencing natural wonders regarding wildlife. In the eastern coast of India, 475,000 endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles were able to dig and lay eggs, which experts expect to be around 60 million eggs a year. Brazil witnessed about a hundred hawksbill turtles successfully hatched on a beach in Paulista, Pernambuco. Florida has also seen over 69 sea turtle nests, majority belonging to the leatherbacks. But these amazing wildlife miracles are not just happening to turtles, lots of animals are taking advantage of the lack of people in the usual places. Hopefully the pandemic ends soon, but the notion of how we have damaged the environment and figuring to do something positive about it should remain.After all, we are not the only inhabitants of Mother Earth…and we definitely were not the first.
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Rare Wildlife Is Seen Roaming Freely At Empty Tourists Hotspots/>Photo: Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (Facebook)
Sightings of rare animals such as dugongs, dolphins and reef sharks have seemingly increased over the couple of weeks. Officials of Thai National Parks have recorded the sightings at places that these animals would rarely or never be seen at. In just one day, a rare herd of 31 dugongs were even spotted enjoying a swim in Ju Hoi cape. This is actually one of the biggest cluster of dugongs ever spotted in Thailand!
Photo: Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (Facebook)
Apart from that, there were about 50 blacktip reef sharks that ventured close to a beach in Krabi! Normally blacktip reef sharks are incredibly shy animals to begin with. Hence, why they would only choose to appear only when the shore doesn’t bear a single soul.
Photo: Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (Facebook)
Besides sea creatures at sight, a family of langur monkey with their newborns and newborn peacocks were spotted at national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in Thailand. National parks all over the country have been closed since the end of march. Popular tourists spots like Krabi, Phang Nga and Phuket have been under lockdown till end of this month.
The Wildlife Takes A Breather As The Nation Rest From HomesPhoto: Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (Facebook)
Under unfortunate circumstances like the global pandemic, it still manages to bring a thin silver lining of the wildlife being able to breathe again. With the coincidence that Earth Day was on Wednesday, maybe it’s a hint by nature that we need take more initiative to save the planet.
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Rare sea creatures spotted alive
Tourists have been given the treat of their life after spotting the rarely-seen oarfish swimming in Baja, Mexico.
The creature, which looks like a long water snake, was filmed swimming near the beach while the tour group was kayaking.
The two fish were about 15-feet long, and appeared to be trying to beach themselves, GrindTV reported.
Usually oarfish are dead when they are spotted, so to see them in the wild and alive was quite rare.
“It was absolutely fascinating,” marine biologist Tim Binder told GrindTV Outdoor. “First, to be able to see one alive was just amazing, but the fact that two of them were there and we were able to observe them for several minutes was really quite a spectacular opportunity.
“To be in that moment of time in an inhabited place and have that happen, the odds have got to be pretty spectacular.”
The first time a live oarfish was filmed was back in 2011, reportedly taken in deep waters.
However, this spectacular vision appeared to be the first time the rare creatures had been captured so close to shore.
“It’s very rare,” Binder said. “I don’t know of any records of people seeing two come ashore, although they’ve been reported in pairs. But I don’t know if anybody has seen them live like this.”
Oarfish usually live between 1500 to 3000 feet underwater, and only come to the surface when they are injured or dying.
The incredible encounter lasted 20-30 minutes, giving the lucky tourists a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse.